Astronomy, which is the study of the universe and heavenly bodies, has become more than just a pastime for scientists. Currently, anyone can observe the sky at some point far away from the light pollution of towns and cities. With the help of a telescope, planisphere and a lot of patience, fun is guaranteed for the entire family.
There are about twenty astronomy associations in Catalonia for anyone who is enthusiastic about this science. The Agrupació d’Astronomia d’Alella, in the region of El Maresme, organises conferences, outings, observations for the community, courses and workshops.
Another association is Aster, Agrupació Astronòmica de Barcelona, which also aims to bring the world of astronomy to people of all ages and interests. One of its most noteworthy activities is the "Introduction to Astronomy Course" ("Curso de iniciación a la Astronomía"), which began in the 1970s.