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The IRAP researchers regularly contribute to the conception of exhibitions intended for the general public. Here below is a list of them :

Exhibition "PLANCK: the Universe's origins"


Discover a unique adventure through an iconic instrument: the Faraday cage. The exhibition "Planck: the Universe's origins" reveals the Planck satellite, partly developed at the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP – CNRS / Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier). Accurately measure the fossil radiation which fulfills the Universe and provide a detailed map of the temperature of this electromagnetic radiation emitted shortly after the Big Bang ... this is the scientific challenge to achieve!

Date and Place : January 4 - August 31, 2016, Hall de la Maison de la Recherche et de la Valorisation Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier

Exhibition "Light, Experience !"

A new exhibition to dive into the heart of light ... From February 6 to June 7, 2015, EDF Bazacle - Toulouse, all age groups - Free entry

The EDF Bazacle at Toulouse welcomes "Light, experience!" from February 6 to May 3, 2015. The free exhibition is presented by EDF and Science Animation Midi-Pyrénées, in partnership with the academic community of Toulouse - including the IRAP. It offers the general public to discover twenty or so interactive experiences related to light and combining scientific knowledge, artistic approaches and new technologies on more than 400 sqm. Light, experience! is in France one of the first events made on the occasion of the International Year of the Light. Further details ...


Exhibition "Meteorites of the past, science to come"


Throughout centuries, meteorites were venerated as sacred objects. The dramatic fall (intense light, sometimes sound phenomena) of a meteorite has always attracted human imagination, evoking fear, respect or worship. Since the early nineteenth century, science has accepted the extraterrestrial origin of these small bodies fallen from sky. Since then, scientists have continued to study them. "Meteorites of the past, Science to come" is an exhibition produced by the Midi-Pyrénées Observatory in collaboration with the National Museum of Natural History, the Palais de la Découverte, the Natural History Museum of Montauban, the Society of Natural Sciences and the Cité de l'Espace of Toulouse. Through this exhibition, we invite you to discover meteorites throughout history and to answer many questions: what is a meteorite ? How to recognize them ? Where did they come from? What do they teach us? How to find a meteorite ? What are the current research ? What is the Rosetta mission ?

An exhibition designed for traveling

  • from Mai 13 to June 15, 2014 : Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle Victor Brun de Montauban
  • from the 16th to the 24th June 2014 : Orgueil, salle des fêtes
  • from June 25 to July 15, 2014 : Saint-Sauveur, hôtel de ville
  • from July 23 to August 15, 2014 : Fleurance, Festival d'astronomie

Photo Exhibition "APOLLO ODYSSEY. Man has walked on the Moon"

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This exhibition of photographs from the archives of NASA was co-produced in 1994 by the Apollo 25 Association (Toulouse), the NASA, the Brown Regional Planetary Data Center (Providence, USA), the Embassy of the United States of America (Paris) and the CNES (National Centre for Space Studies). It recounts the events of a lunar mission of the Apollo program and shows the activities of astronauts during lunar marches (EVA Extravehicular Activity).

This exhibition will be held from May 13 to September 26, 2014 at the Documentation Center of the Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées and will accompany the Grand OMP Seminar of June 3 presented by Serge Chevrel, researcher at IRAP, and entitled: "45 years ago, man walked on the Moon."

The opening of this exhibition will be held on Tuesday, May 13th at 11:30 am at the Documentation Centre of OMP in the presence of Mr Serge Chevrel (IRAP / OMP).

Exhibition "Extreme Explorations"

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The "Extreme Explorations" exhibition is a temporary, sensory and unique exhibition, which allows the public to share in real time two exceptional space adventures currently in progress: the Curiosity and Rosetta missions. This exhibition immerses the audience in unfamiliar landscapes, on a comet and on the surface of Mars, exploring the origins of the solar system and the emergence of life. It stands at the Cité de l'Espace in Toulouse from April 26, 2014. Three researchers of the IRAP contributed to its design, as scientific advisors : Jérémie LASUE, Ghylaine QUITTE and Sylvestre Maurice.

Exhibition "Perturbations"


From January 31 to May 4, 2014 is held the exhibition "Perturbations" of the artist Celeste Boursier-Mougenot at the Abattoirs - Frac Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse. The LabEx OCEVU (Origins, Components and Evolution of the Universe) is a partner of this exhibition through the Averse project. One of the two new works presented in this exhibition aims to recreate visually and audibly the cosmic radiation. It was conducted in partnership with Peter Van Balmoos, professor at the Paul Sabatier University and researcher at the IRAP as a scientific referent, and Jose Busto, professor at the Aix-Marseille University and researcher at the CPPM, responsible for delivery of the cosmodetector. Further details ...

Exhibition "Planck HFI"


In partnership with the CNRS, ESA, CNES and Thales Alenia Space, the French scientists of the Planck mission worked with the communication agency Canopy to imagine an innovative exhibition dedicated to the Planck project, whose objective is to measure with high precision the radiation in which the whole universe bathes, the so-called cosmological background. The exhibition explores the entire project: its origin, its mission, its objectives, its actors ...

  • Format:  adaptable exhibition  
  • Organizer / Designer : Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP)
  • Contact: Martin Giard (

Exhibition "Magnetic nature: from atoms to stars"


This exhibition offers to the visitor a scientific and playful course on the magnetism, with very many panels illustrated, interactive videos, presentations and experiences. The exhibition was conceived on the occasion of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 by the Observatoire Midi Pyrenees.

Magnetism: the most fascinating forces that Nature has invented, the most intriguing phenomena that Mankind explores since the beginning. Magnetism is a major craftsman of Nature - it is responsible for the aurora borealis, the sun's corona. It can also protect us from the harmful solar rays, influence the climate on Earth and brood stars and planets at birth. It directs the animal migrations, guide all the explorers since the Middle Ages, and shows the history of the continents since the creation ! It even plays a role in everyday life - computer hard drives and credit cards owe their lives to it. It occurs at all scales, from the atom to the galaxy.

  • Format: Exhibition of 4 thematic modules (5x5m) + 1 model + 1 space vidéo
  • Organisme / Institution: Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées (OMP)
  • Contact: , Sylvie Etcheverry, in charge of communication at the Observatoire Midi Pyrénées
  • Links : Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées / LATT
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