Moon Landing 50 in Portugal: Enjoying the Moonlight in the Gardens of the Official Residency of the Portuguese President 
19 July 2019

On the 20 July, the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA) and the Museum of the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic (MPR) join efforts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, in an evening full of activities in the gardens of the Belém Palace, the official residency of the Portuguese President of the Republic, in Lisbon.

Starting at 9 p.m., the programme includes an Ignite IAstro special science communication session, in which eight researchers will take the public on a voyage through the Solar System and beyond, presenting their work in countdown 5-minute dynamic presentations. The Moon exploration, the discovery of planets outside the Solar System, the “music” of the stars, galaxy evolution and space-based telescopes are some of the themes presented.

Around 11:30 p.m., the moonrise is celebrated with a musical concert and observations with telescopes, which will run continuously from 9:30 p.m. until 1 a.m.. It will be possible to observe Jupiter and its Galilean moons, Saturn and its rings and, after the concert, to take a photograph of the Moon with cellphone cameras using the telescopes.  

The musical concert will be performed by a trio composed of a violin, viola and violoncello which will play Moonlight Sonata, Op. 27 No. 2 by L. V. Beethoven, Air from Suite in D by J. S. Bach and Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy.

Those more curious should not miss the opportunity to ask their questions to researchers from IA in an informal speed-dating session at 12 a.m., take a peek at the personal agenda for the 20thof July 1969 of former president Américo Tomás, and watch a documentary on the moon landing based on archive footage. 

This celebration is also one of the many activities organized by IA to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

To discover all of the Moon Landing 50 events taking place in Portugal, browse the complete events list here.

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