Designed by Gustave Eiffel and Charles Garnier in 1881, the Observatory of Nice will include, after complete renovation, a centre for the dissemination of scientific culture. This cluster, named Universarium, will organise educational activities and exhibitions on a permanent basis to enable the public to discover our astronomic heritage. Visitors will be able to have a close look at the Grande Lunette, one of the world’s largest telescopes still in service.
The Observatory of Nice and the Universarium project with its five edutainment facilities should open to the public in November 2020!
Cost of the programme: €4 million, funded by Région Sud (€2.3 million), the French State (€900,000), Regional Cultural Affairs Directorate (€300,000), City of Nice (€100,000), etc.
Today, 200 researchers, engineers and technicians are working on this site, participating in many international projects, both in Space and on the ground. The Observatory of Nice is one of 28 Observatories for Science and the Universe in France, engaged in constant systematic gathering of data. As an independent establishment and founding member of Côte d’Azur University, it is internationally acclaimed as a jewel for exploration, in particular the recent discovery of an exoplanet, the Matisse Mission in Chile and a gravitational wave detector.
The Observatory’s scientific activities are structured in three research units:
Article published on 04 March 2019