Space Week 20/10, 7pm: meet astronauts and scientists at the Planetarium of Brussels!

On 24 March 2022, it will have been 30 years since the first Belgian went into space. It was on this date that astro­naut Dirk Frimout left for space in the American shut­tle Atlantis. The year 2022 also marks the 20thanniver­sary of Frank De Winne​’s first space flight. These anniver­saries should not pass unno­ticed, which is why we are organ­is­ing Belgian Space week. An event at the Planetarium on 20 October (7pm-9:30pm) puts space research in [...]

Call for the development of an artwork for the Federal Climate Centre

On the occasion of the opening of the Federal Climate Centre, a call for artwork is being launched. It aims to announce the location of this new Climate Centre and build a bridge to the public space.

Do art and climate sound like music to your ears?

Then submit a dossier by email to before midnight on the 7th of October [...]

DART impact on an asteroid, a milestone for the Royal Observatory of Belgium

Brussels, 20 September 2022 – During the night of September 26–27, at approximately 1:15 a.m. (Belgian time), NASA’s DART probe will crash into the asteroid Dimorphos, located more than 10 million kilometres from Earth. The purpose of this impact is to test an asteroid deflection strategy. For the Royal Observatory of Belgium, which is involved in planetary defence, this mission represents an important first [...]

Open Doors on September 24-25, 2022

The Royal Observatory of Belgium, the Royal Meteorological Institute and the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy will open their doors on 24-25 September 2022 from 10:00 to 18:00. [...]

Exhibition Science & Culture 2022 at the Royal Palace

Following an absence of two years due to the COVID-19 crisis, Science & Culture at the Palace is back from July 23 to August 28, 2022. To facilitate a smooth flow of visitors during these open days, the exhibition will be in a ‘light’ version proposed by the Palace. [...]

The first astronomical liquid mirror telescope sees first light at the Devasthal observatory

In April 2022, the ILMT (International Liquid Mirror Telescope), located at the Devasthal Observatory in the north of India, has been used for the first time to observe the sky. This event, called the ‘first light’, marks the debut of this new telescope, designed and built by an international consortium with contributions from Belgium, Canada, India, Poland, and Uzbekistan. The [...]

Two Events in June 2022 on Asteroids, Sun and Space Exploration

In June 2022, the Royal Observatory of Belgium will participate in two events, in which it will present its activities related to asteroids, planetary defence, solar physics and space exploration. The first event will be held at the Natural Science Museum in Brussels on June 23. The second event will be held on June 24 and 25, at the Summer [...]

Belgian astronomers help create the most detailed survey of our Milky Way

13 June 2022 – Today, the European Space Agency (ESA) announces the most detailed Milky Way survey to date. The third data release of the Gaia satellite provides a wealth of information on the stars and other celestial objects that make up our Milky Way. Belgian astronomers, including scientists from the Royal Observatory of Belgium, contributed to the Europe-wide consortium [...]

‘Le Soleil et nous’, a popular book written by a scientist of the Observatory

A new book on the Sun has just been published in French, and its author, Frédéric Clette, is a researcher at the Royal Observatory of Belgium. Inspired by his career and his experience in popularising science, he presents us, in this book intended for a wide readership, a global panorama of the Sun, its multiple influences on our planet and [...]