Welcome to the Visitor Centre
"Marcello Ceccarelli".

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Many people see the large antennas of Medicina even from a considerable distance, wondering what they are and what these strange instruments do. Not everyone knows that they are radio telescopes dedicated to professional astronomical research, and many are not aware of the opportunity to visit them. The Visitor Centre is addressed to the general public and schools, offering unusual contents.  Under the researchers’ guidance, visitors are accompanied through the discovery of radio astronomy and the instruments it exploits, receiving information on the research projects currently active in Italy.

NOTA: the Centre is unfortunately not accessible to visitors with major motor disabilities. Technical solutions have been studied but, at the moment, we do not have the necessary funds to implement them. We are extremely sorry for this lack.

Guided tours

General info on guided tours and calendar.

Contacts - Bookings

Telephone number and e-mail address to book your guided tour.

How to visit us

Required  booking procedures.
How to take part in a guided tour.


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Guided Tours

The structure has an expositive hall with exhibitions, interactive experiences and historical instrumentation;  it also hosts a 98 seats multimedia room. The guided tour, both for schools and for the public, is available by following the appropriate booking procedures, in the days and manners indicated in the schedule below. The tour includes a "lesson" in the media room, including a 3D projection, a tour of the exhibition full of interactive exhibits and historical material, as well as the admission to the adjacent radio-astronomical station to observe the antennas closely. 

All the useful info are summed up in the following printer-friendly flyer.

THE VISITOR CENTRE IS CLOSED IN JULY AND AUGUST, AND DURING THE CHRISTMAS AND EASTER BREAKS.
SUNDAY TOURS MIGHT BE SUPPRESSED IN JANUARY, contact us for details.

For groups exceeding 20 participants, booking is mandatory even on Sundays.


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Contacts and Booking

For information and booking please contact

+39 333 1999845     (Monday to Friday)

or, preferably, write to centrovisite @ira.inaf.it


NOTA: the Centre is unfortunately not accessible to visitors with major motor disabilities. Technical solutions have been studied but, at the moment, we do not have the necessary funds to implement them. We are extremely sorry for this lack..

Download the "Printer-friendly flyer"  listing all the useful information.

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How to visit us

Individuals and small groups visiting on Sundays - during the Centre operative season - do not need to book.  We recommend visitors to arrive on time: in case of late arrivals they will not be able to make up for the missed parts of the tour.

When booking is necessary, visitors are required to contact us via e-mail or calling the dedicate number, in order to receive the proper booking form - which then must be filled-in and returned.

For groups exceeding 20 participants, booking is mandatory even on Sundays.

ADMISSION FEE   € 5,00  (free for children under 12, when accompanied).
The fee includes the 3D glasses for the vision of a short movie.

THE VISITOR CENTRE IS CLOSED IN JULY AND AUGUST, AND DURING THE CHRISTMAS AND EASTER BREAKS.
SUNDAY TOURS MIGHT BE SUPPRESSED IN JANUARY, contact us for details.
Download the "Printer-friendly flyer"  listing all the useful information.

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Staff




Responsible and Curator of the Exhibition and Activities Stefania Varano
Education and multimedia contents
Jader Monari, Lucia Morganti, Roberto Ricci, Simona Righini, Stefania Varano, Alessandra Zanichelli
Website and technology coordination Marco Poloni
Technical support
Marco Bartolini, Germano Bianchi, Claudio Bortolotti, Alessandro Cattani, Corrado Contavalle, Marco Poloni, Juri Roda, Mauro Roma, Marco Schiaffino, Matteo Stagni, Franco Tinarelli, Marco Tugnoli
Administrative support
Mauro Nanni, Maria Rezzaghi, Simona Righini, Francesca Schiavon, Alessandra Zanichelli
Tour Guides
Luca Angeretti, Germano Bianchi, Federico Di Giacomo, Marcello Giroletti, Daria Guidetti, Rocco Lico, Karl-Heinz Mack, Jader Monari, Lucia Morganti, Monia Negusini, Roberto Orosei, Rosita Paladino, Marco Poloni, Isabella Prandoni, Giuseppe Pupillo, Roberto Ricci, Simona Righini, Francesca Schiavon, Carlo Stanghellini, Stefania Varano, Alessandra Zanichelli

Exhibition



Layout Studio Andrea Fantini ()
Graphics Silvana Vialli
Contents of multimedia panels
Roberto Ambrosini, Jan Brand, Claudio Bortolotti, Viviana Casasola, Rossella Cassano, Luigina Feretti, Andrea Giannetti, Marcello Giroletti, Daria Guidetti, Elisabetta Liuzzo, Nuria Marcelino, Marcella Massardi, Arturo Mignano, Jader Monari, Giovanni Naldi, Mauro Nanni, Monia Negusini, Alessandro Orfei, Andrea Orlati, Rosita Paladino, Stefano Parisini, Federico Perini, Marco Poloni, Isabella Prandoni, Simona Righini, Mauro Roma, Pierguido Sarti, Carlo Stanghellini, Stefania Varano, Tiziana Venturi, Alessandra Zanichelli
Design and production of interactive exhibits
Marco Bartolini, Claudio Bortolotti, Adelmo Eliogabili, Andrea Fantini, Franco Fiocchi, Jader Monari, Mauro Nanni, Marco Poloni, Roberto Ricci, Simona Righini, Juri Roda, Mauro Roma, Marco Schiaffino, Franco Tinarelli, Goliardo Tomassetti, Marco Tugnoli, Stefania Varano, Alessandra Zanichelli

Collaborations



Multimedia and 3D Xilostudios ()
Support
Associazione Sofòs ()
Maintenance Cooperativa LACME ()

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3D short movies

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Since 2012 our Visitor Centre has been provided with a 3D projection system. During the guided tour you will be able to watch one of the following 3D short movies (in Italian) devoted to radioastronomy: "Avventura nell'Universo Invisibile" and "Come Funziona: La Radioastronomia".

"Avventura nell'Universo Invisibile"

Avventura
"Avventura nell'Universo Invisibile": this short movie, particularly suitable for children, narrates an imaginary travel across the Solar System and beyond. Viewers can identify themselves with the main character, an astronaut, who is in charge of saving the Earth from an incoming asteroid and faces a peculiar adventure... This movie includes some of the scientific and technic contents presented during the tour. The 2D trailer can be watched here: "Avventura - the trailer".

"Come Funziona: La Radioastronomia"

Radioastronomia

"Come Funziona: La Radioastronomia": this 3D short documentary accompanies the spectators along the whole path that characterises a radio-astronomical observation. Starting from the radio waves emission by part of the faraway celestial sources, it narrates how such observations are performed and how the astronomers lead their research activities, ending up in the production of scientific papers. During this travel, spectators virtually visit the radio telescope, the laboratories and different environments where researchers work. The 2D trailer can be watched here: "Come funziona - the trailer".

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Guided Tours for Secondary Schools

The guided tour is composed by three parts:



Some advanced hands-on laboratories are available, for dedicated visits: "Interferometry Lab" and "SmaRT - Educational radio telescope".


INTRODUCTION

  A 45-minute lesson to illustrate Radioastronomy basics: students are provided with information on the involved science and technology, and on the main ongoing research/development projects. 
This overview touches different topics, such as:


The lesson contents can be "fine-tuned" according to the teachers' specific needs.

VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION

The showroom contains explicative panels, examples of the technologies employed in the Radio Astronomical Station along 50 years of activity and a set of multimedia and interactive exhibits to deepen the topics discussed during the lesson. The visit to this section can be carried out either with or without the guide, and its duration can be tailored to match the needs of the group - yet respecting the overall constraints posed by the Visitor Centre schedule. 

VISIT TO THE RADIO TELESCOPES

Using the bus,  students are moved to the radio telescope station, where the instruments can be closely examined. This visit lasts about 30 minutes. It takes place outdoor, even in adverse weather conditions. It is not allowed to enter the laboratories and offices, in order not to interfere with the station staff at work.

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Interferometry lab

Educational hands-on experience, for high school students

Interferometro

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SmaRT: Small Radio Telescope

Educational hands-on experience, for high school students

SmaRT

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Guided Tours for Children

For children between 6 and 12 years (primary schools) the tours include, besides an introductory lesson suitable for students in the mentioned range of age, some dedicated activities. For example there is the "Hunting" for radio waves experiment, which challenges the children in the hands-on understanding of how radio waves interact with different materials and obstacles, and the interactive exhibit The color machine, allowing the visitors to discover the many ways in which electromagnetic waves are involved in our daily lives.

For smaller children, between 3 and 6 years of age, a new activity is being developed: "You can't see it, but it's there".

"Hunting" for radio waves

Hands-on educational activity for primary school students



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The color machine

Educational interactive exhibit for primary school students



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You can't see it, but it's there!

Hands-on educational activity for young children (aged 3-6)

Preschoolers are not able to build a complex cognitive structure in which the role of a radiotelescope - a telescope able to "see something that is invisible" - can find place.

"You can't see it, but it's there!" is a laboratory addressing children between 3 and 6. It is based on the discovery of the senses as means that convey information about the world surrounding us.


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Guided Tours for the General Public

The Visitor Centre opens every Sunday (see exceptions listed below) at 15:00.  No booking is required, unless you have organised a group of 20 participants or more. We recommend visitors to arrive on time: in case of late arrivals they will not be able to make up for the missed parts of the tour.

The tour lasts about 2 hours. It is divided in three phases: an introductive overview on Radioastronomy (including the 3D projection of a short movie), the visit to the interactive and historical exhibition and a guided walk between the radiotelescopes of the Medicina station.

ADMISSION FEE  € 5,00  (free for children under 12, when accompanied).
The fee includes the 3D glasses for the vision of a short movie.

THE VISITOR CENTRE IS CLOSED IN JULY AND AUGUST, AND DURING THE CHRISTMAS AND EASTER BREAKS. SUNDAY TOURS MIGHT BE SUPPRESSED IN JANUARY, contact us for details.


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How to Reach Us

The Visitor Centre "Marcello Ceccarelli" is located in the "Aia Cavicchio" area -
Via Fiorentina, 3403 - 40059 - Fiorentina di Medicina (Bologna).
Lat. Nord 44°31'36.9" Long. Est 11°37'34.7" - Elevaz. 28m

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The building hosting the Visitor Centre also hosts a renowned restaurant: Ristorante Voli e Sapori.  It offers special discounts for schools and large groups, yet only if booking and arranging details in advance. For information and booking, please directly contact the restaurant.

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Authorisation for photo-video shootings

How to request an authoristion for the production of videos, photos and recordings

The Institute of Radioastronomy often welcomes photographers, journalists, or other persons (professionals or amateurs) needing to record images or videos for different uses. Anyone wishing to access our observatory or the Visitor Center for these activities is required to contact us in advance.
Proper regulations and forms will be sent to these enquirers, who will be also asked to provide details on the usage of the iconographic material they plan to produce.
If interested, please contact us at centrovisite @ira.inaf.it
PLEASE NOTICE: ACCESS TO THE STATION WILL BE GRANTED ONLY TO THOSE POSSESSING A PROPERLY SIGNED AUTHORISATION EMITTED BY INAF-IRA.

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