INAF - National Institute for Astrophysics

Catania Astrophysical Observatory

Outreach Office


Catania Astrophysical Observatory Outreach Office offers public information on a wide range of Astronomical and Astrophysical topics. We organize visits to our facilities, courses and conferences for schools, cultural associations, clubs and citizens. This page is a short summary of our activities for english-speaking visitors.

Visits to the Observatory

Visits for cultural associations, clubs and citizens are arranged to "M.G. Fracastoro" (Serra la Nave, Mt. Etna, 1725m a.s.l.) mountain station of Catania Astrophysical Observatory over the period June-September. They consist in a guided tour to one of the telescopes and in the observation of some astronomical objects (the Moon and/or a planet). The program can be modified due to weather conditions or to peculiar astronomical events.

Booking is mandatory  (call 095-7331312 or write to

Visits for the year 2012 will start in June An english-speaking guide will be available upon request.

Conferences and Courses

Astronomers of Catania Astrophysical Observatory are willing to hold conferences or short courses for schools, teachers, cultural associations and clubs. For further information call 095-7332312 or write to

Questions to astronomers

Astronomers of Catania Astrophysical Observatory will answer your questions. Just fill in and submit the following on-line form. An expert in the field will answer you as soon as possible.

Special Events

Special events are organized when peculiar astronomical events occur or when national and/or international scientific popularization days take place. For further information call 095-7331312 or write to


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