See how Tartu Observatory celebrates World Space Week!

Kairi Janson | 5.10.2017

On the first week of October, world celebrates the Space Week. The week is framed by the anniversaries of two key events: on October 4, 60 years ago Earth’s first artificial satellite Sputnik 1 was launched and on October 10, 50 years ago the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activites of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was signed.

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World Space Week has been celebrated since 1999: the tradition was initiated by The United Nations General Assembly. The aim of Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. 

Just as last year, Tartu Observatory celebrates the Space Week with exciting activities!

Space scientists at school – This week the scientists of Tartu Observatory visit schools all over Estonia to introduce their work and research opportunities both in Estonia and abroad. Last year the journey our space scientists went extremely well: the astronomers, cosmologists, remote sensors, and space technologists went to every region of Estonia. In total they visited 40 schools and performed with 65 presentations.

Tartu Observatory at the Festival of Lights: The festival of lights will take place on October 7 at Luke manor park. The festival carries the goal of Space Week and wants to strengthen the connection between space and society. The festival also raises awareness about the direct and indirect influences that light has on a human and on the environment. The Festival of Lights brings together science and performing arts. Tartu Observatory will run the science area (the main building of the manor park). We will present the work of our astronomy department and answer space-related questions! For more information, see