As you go through the Pays de Forcalquier – Montagne de Lure, renowned for having the purest sky in Europe, you will see the 13 domes of the astronomy observatory in Saint-Michel l’Observatoire.

Come and gaze at our beautiful sky, discover our Universe and our starry heritage.

 The Centre d’AstronomieThe Centre d’Astronomie

Established in Saint-Michel l’Observatoire, the Centre d’Astronomie is an establishment for scientific and technical mediation which was created in 1998 by the department of Alpes de Haute-Provence. Its mission is to ensure the dissemination of knowledge in the field of astronomy to the general public.

With a reception and accommodation centre, it offers all year round: school trips, school holiday trips, group holidays and observations with instruments during the day and in the evening for all members of the public.

Every year the centre programmes the traditional « L’Été Astro », event, an astronomy festival with a number of different types of actvities: planetarium sessions, observation activities (the Sun, Discovery evenings, T760 telescope evenings), conferences, the night of the Perseids… A programme for all ages to discover our starry heritage!

More about the Centre d’Astronomie in Saint-Michel l’Observatoire,

 Société Astronomique de la Montagne de LureSociété Astronomique de la Montagne de Lure

With the telescopes of the Observatoire Marc Bianchi, right next to the Lure ski resort (altitude 1 600 m),  the association offers each month an observation open to the public. In July and August there are public conferences followed by an observation.

More about the Société Astronomique de la Montagne de Lure,


 Observatoire de Haute-ProvenceObservatoire de Haute-Provence

In 1937, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) created a big, modern observatory on the site of Saint-Michel-l’Observatoire that studies had shown to be the  purest sky in France.

The observatory carries out research on astronomy, atmospheric science and ecology. The first exoplanet (orbiting a star outside our solar system) was discovered in 1995 with its big 1.93 m telescope (which can be seen during the visits).

As this is a research centre, visits of the big dome for the general public take place at well-defined times.

More about the Observatoire de Haute-Provence, see

 Observatoire de l'AlifantObservatoire de l’Alifant

Father Josset’s telescope at the observatoire de l’Alifant in Puimichel opens its doors to the public and takes you on a trip to the stars!

Patrick will communicate his incredible enthusiasm and show you the biggest amateur telescope in Europe.

For more detailed information see the site de l’observatoire

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