INAF-OATs activities for schools  and public



Activity suspension due to Covid-19


Visitors are informed that due to the health emergency, all public outreach and education activities of INAF - Trieste Astronomical Observatory are suspended.



 Public and school activities are suspended due to Covid-19.


Specola Margherita Hack

The Specola Margherita Hack is open to public and school visits. It has a nine meters diameter dome that hosts a modern 60 cm reflecting telescope equipped with two smaller refracting telescopes dedicated to Sun observations. These instruments offer to visitors the emotion of direct vision of a wide variety of celestial objects and phenomena. On the ground floor the historical exhibition is located. It comprises several texts, instruments and news on the scientific work of astronomers of the area of Trieste and the Venezia Giulia.

Le Stelle Vanno a Scuola

Activity for 13-18 yr old students from one's own school through the internet with the remotely controlled telescopes of our Observing Branch in Basovizza. The observations are managed in the classroom under the teacher's supervision while an astronomer, in the observatory dome, controls the observations and provides scientific support via Skype.


Esploracosmo is the interactive laboratory of the Observational Branch of Basovizza of INAF-OATs. Esploracosmo is connected wuth the telescopes of the project Le Stelle Vanno a Scuola (SVAS) and also allows access to the professional data of the Virtual Observatory, with dedicated software developed in the framework of the european project "EuroVO for education". Activity for 13-18 yr old students.

Astronomy Olympiad

The Astronomy Olympiad is an intellectual competition for students in the age group 14-18. The goal of the problems is to let participants manifest their scientific talent. The Olympiad is carried out in the spirit of friendship and tolerance. Although the competition is the occasion for participants to display their skills, mutual interactions between students, teachers and scientists are of primary importance.