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Leiden Observatory launches online summer programme for kids

This summer, the Universe is closer than ever. With the online astronomy summer programme Space in Your Living Room!, the Leiden Observatory brings astronauts and Leiden astronomers to the homes of children all across Europe.

Space in Your Living Room! is aimed at young people between 8 - 18 years old, families and educators and takes place from 6 July till 30 August. The educational programme brings astronauts, artists, space scientists and engineers into living rooms across Europe and beyond. It gives a unique perspective on our Planet Earth and provides an opportunity for children to interact with space professionals of different backgrounds. It also celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of historic and contemporary women and minorities in space exploration. The programme is part of the EU funded project spaceEU, which is coordinated by the Astronomy & Society Group of Leiden Observatory.

Meeting astronauts

Space in Your Living Room! brings astronomy researchers and children together through a series of weekly hands-on online workshops where young pupils will have the chance to meet a space professional and experiment with short interactive activities.

Other programme highlights are live events featuring the first Syrian and second Muslim cosmonaut Muhammed Ahmed Fares (22 July, in Arabic), the first Belgium astronaut Dirk Frimout (5 August, in Dutch) and the first female French astronaut Claudie Haigneré (date TBC, in French).
For more information on the events and how to sign up, please visit the project website in Dutch or in English.

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