With heavier legs from the previous 2 days of hiking, we took things a little easier on Wednesday by taking another trip up the St Luc funicular to visit the Francois Xavier Bagnoud Observatory at 2100m. Created as the largest observatory in Switzerland that is open to the public and dedicated to public engagement, offering day time solar events and night-time stargazing, the altitude and clear skies make for some amazing astronomical sights.
Initially, for 15 minutes while our night vision sharpened, he spent the time pointing out some of the most important constellations and stars such as Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Cassiopeia, the Pole Star etc. Then it was onto the telescope. We saw globular clusters, supernovae remnants and giant stars. The vastness of space and our own infinitesimally small size in the Universe was really hammered home.
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