We all know that Amsterdam attracts the stars - Brad Pitt, Madonna, Britney Spears and David Bowie are all rumoured to have a home here – but as Amsterdam is very low-key you probably might not notice them. One event that’s guaranteed to leave you seeing stars is National Stargazing Day.


Star-studded  Milkyway
The 34th annual National Stargazing Day will be held on Friday 19, Saturday 21 and Sunday 21 March 2010. The moon is then just nearly in the first quarter and relatively close to the Pleiades star cluster. Venus will be low in the western horizon just after sunset. Mars and Saturn will both be remarkable sights in the evening skies. On the 22 March, Saturn will be visible the whole night – so the timing is perfect!

Star spotting
Across the country, telescopes will be set up where you can gaze up at the stars. Experts and amateur astronomers will be on hand to offer guidance and advice. Even if it’s a cloudy evening, the telescopes are also a sight to behold! Presentations and exhibitions will add to the star-studded event.

Star location
Museumnacht in Artis. In Amsterdam you can participate at the Planetarium situated in Amsterdam Artis zoo. Telescopes will be especially set up outside and unique performances will be held in the Planetarium dome. There will also be workshops for children in the foyer.

A bit more off-the-beaten-track is the Society of Amateur Astronomers(Volkssterrenwacht Amsterdam), located at the Spaarndammerdijk 319, who will have free star-gazing on the 19 March from 20.00-23.00.

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Come be star-struck in Amsterdam!