Star-Gazing (astronomy activity), Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

Stargazing - Ameture Astronomy  in Mitzpe Ramon / Makhtesh Ramon

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" Amateur astronomy (Star-Gazing ) is a hobby whose participants enjoy observing or imaging celestial objects in the sky using the unaided eye, binoculars, or telescopes. Even though scientific research may not be their primary goal, some amateur astronomers make contributions to the science of astronomy... Most amateurs are beginners or hobbyists, while others have a high degree of experience in astronomy and may often assist and work alongside professional astronomers. Many astronomers have studied the sky throughout history in an amateur framework... Some just look at the sky using nothing more than their eyes or binoculars, but more dedicated amateurs often use portable telescopes or telescopes situated in their private or club observatories"

Wikipedia

The night-sky mysteries

From the dawn of time people were looking at the night sky with amazement and awe. The beauty and mystery of the night-sky on its' many stars, had fascinated people for generation on generations, pushing them into speculating, making stories and investigating the stars. Story tellers laid a rich ground for myths and legends and stargazing laid the basis for the science of astronomy. The night-sky often gives us a perspective of how small we are in the vast universe surrounding us. We look above asking ourselves what is out there, which and what is every shining star we see, and are there life outside our comfortable planet Earth. Science with the help of amateur astronomy (stargazing) gave us answers to some of these questions.

The Night-Sky at Makhtesh Ramon and Mitzpe Ramon area

The Makhtesh Ramon crater natural reserve, in the Negev desert of southern Israel, has been recently recognized as the first International Dark Sky Park in the middle-east. Mitzpe Ramon is the most isolated "community settlement" (kind of a village) in Israel and is located at a altitude of 860m. For these reasons Mitzpe Ramon and the area surrounding it enjoys low levels of light pollution and the night sky can be clearly observed. In-fact the single one Israeli stars-observatory, is located in Mitzpe Ramon, exactly due those reasons. In recent years the town of Mitzpe Ramon is taking measurements to further reduce light pollution and many astronomy and star-gazing events are taking place in its' vicinity.

STAR GAZING Makhtesh Ramon crater

The highlight of these activities is taking place at each August in the peak of the Presides meteor shower - then the whole town lights are turned off. For all these reasons and the additional desert beauty, peace and quiet Makhtesh Ramon crater is of the best places in Israel for star-gazing and astronomy activities.

Desert Star-Gazing Experience in Makhtesh Ramon

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Going down into the Makhtesh Ramon crater, a geological wonder on its' own, we can already observe the silent beautiful desert scenery below and the clear night sky stretching above. On site your guide and telescope/s will be waiting for you with a mat blankets and mattresses for comfortable stars watching. Upon your request more telescopes, a fire, tea/coffee and snacks can also be added. Around the fire with a warm drink and accompanied by your friends and family you can enjoy a memorable desert night outside. With the help of telescopes and trained guides you will have a closer look of the stars and get acquaintance with the night sky.

Kids love it and grownups are astonished by it.

Getting Acquaintance with the Night-Sky

During the activity we will get acquaintance with the night sky talking about the stars constellations, zodiac sign and asterisms. We will tell the story of the history of astronomy, myths and legends of the night sky and have a scientific background of our solar system and beyond. Using the telescopes we will have a look on our solar system the different planets and the moon. We will also be looking on deep sky objects - star clusters, nebulas, double stars, galaxies and more!

 

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Details

Up to 8 people the basic activity can be conducted including a mat mattresses and one telescope - for the price of 1200 ILS

An extended activity that is also suited for more than 8 people will include one more telescope, a bone-fire, tea and coffee and some snacks- for the price of 1600 ILS

The activity duration is about 1-1.5 hour


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