What a place to get to C ডিte d’Azur
Space research owes much to Cote d’Azur. This research is done thanks to the Cote d’Azur observatory spread across 4 different sites. From measuring Earth / Moon distances to astronomical observations and studies, Cote d’Azur is at the center of all space-related discoveries.
Who is Eric Lagadek?
Eric Lagadek is an astrophysicist and currently president of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics. He is also an assistant astronomer at the Lagrange Laboratory at the C ডিte d’Azur Observatory, and vice-president of the scientific council of the observatory. This researcher and teacher, born in 1980 and originally from Brittany, holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in physics as well as university degrees in mathematics and computer science. He continued his undergraduate studies at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, at the end of which he graduated. Eric Lagadek has also worked abroad, in Munich, Manchester and Ithaca. He took part in many astronomical studies and discovered previously unknown or incorrect information about several stars.
Listen to Eric Lagadek’s summer podcast series on France Blue Azure
Podcast N ° 1: How was the galaxy mapped?
In this first episode, Eric Lagadek discusses the measurement of the properties of stars, the cartography of the sky, or the measurement of the distances of objects. It is through scientific popularization and simplified explanations that this astrophysicist is able to achieve what Cote d’Azur’s observatory is capable of.
Podcast N ° 2: How Do We Measure Earth / Moon Distance?
How to determine the distance of earth / moon? In this new issue, Eric Lagadek provides information and anecdotes on the moon, responsible for this natural satellite tide. With his simplified explanation, he tells us that the distance to the Earth / Moon can be measured in the nearest millimeter, and all this from Cote d’Azur.
Podcast N ° 3: What do we know about the mysterious channels of Mars?
Does the mysterious channel of Mars really exist? To find out, expert Eric Lagadek suggested scanning Mars. Eric Lagadek explains everything from the origin of the myth of Mars, from this legend of the little green character of Mars to the mysterious form on the surface of the planet.
Podcast N ° 4: What does astronomy do for us?
Astronomy is the basis of everything around us. But what exactly is it for? Regardless of the origin of the name of the day of the week, the study of digital tools, astronomy has made it possible to lay the foundation of all our knowledge. Astronomers scan the sky in an effort to help humanity develop and survive.
Podcast N ° 5: What is a gravitational wave?
Gravitational waves, a term that seems complex, but easy to understand and that allows the universe to get a lot of information to understand. Instruments are used to detect and analyze gravitational waves. Waves that have made it possible to discover the existence of a combination of two black holes.
Podcast N ° 6: How do we observe asteroids?
There are pebbles, not only on earth. These are also found in space. However, their impact on our planet can be devastating. These elements, ranging in size from dust particles to rocks a few kilometers in diameter, have been intensively studied by astronomers. Understanding these objects and predicting their trajectory is the basic mission of these experts.
Podcast N ° 7: What does the excellent model describe?
We owe it partly to the Nice model to understand the structure of our solar system and the planets that surround us. This explains the structure of our solar system over the last 4.5 billion years. This model is known all over the world and the origin of this name has been explained by Eric Lagadek.
Podcast N ° 8: What is Interferometry?
Interferometry is a term that seems very complex but has been explained more simply by astrophysicist Eric Lagadek. In this eighth episode, we widen our eyes and ears to understand how telescopes make it possible to get extremely accurate images.
PODCAST N ° 9: What is Helioseismology?
Studying the interior of our planet is a reality. But studying the interior of the sun seems impossible. But it is also a reality! This is the technique of heliosismology that allows it. Eric Lagadek explains the origin of the term and the principle of this technique. In this last episode, we highlight this discovery.
Podcast N ° 10: How was the speed of light measured?
Do you have any idea how fast light travels in one second? This is an astronomical number. It seems impossible to measure. Yet it was done. How? Eric Lagadek sheds light on the journey of light and its final measurement of speed.
Cote d’Azur Observatory
Cote d’Azur is responsible for observing astronomical observatories. It is spread over 4 different sites on the Caleran Plateau, on the Valeros Campus in Nice, on the Giojure in Sophia Antipolis, and on Mont Gross. Founded in 1881 as the Nice Observatory, it is now called C ডিte d’Azur Observatory.
Visit the C ডিte d’Azur observatory with your family this summer
It is possible to visit the C ডিte d’Azur observatory sites this summer. The Caleran Plateau site is open on Sundays from June to September 2022. For two hours, it is possible to inspect various structures, including guides. It’s a summer Sunday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. In the program, inspect different structures and discover different observation techniques. Reservations are required, and health passes are mandatory for all adults. The visit to the Calaran site takes place on the Calaran Plateau at an altitude of more than 1200 m above sea level.
It is also possible to visit the Mont Gross site in Nice. Visit the structures with a view of the Bays des Anges with a scientific mediator. Visits are on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm. Online booking is essential with a limited number of 24 visitors per visit.