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Wed, 28 Dec


Rocky Ridge Cafe

Year End Astronomy Camp at Denkanikotai

Join us for the holiday astronomy camp this year and witness multiple celestial objects through telescopes, while learning everything you need to know to get started in observational astronomy!

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Year End Astronomy Camp at Denkanikotai
Year End Astronomy Camp at Denkanikotai

Time & Location

28 Dec 2022, 3:00 pm – 29 Dec 2022, 10:00 am

Rocky Ridge Cafe, Survey No. 74/3, Anna Nagar, Thadikal, Taluk, Denkanikottai, Tamil Nadu 635107, India

About the event

**Please note that 23 Dec is a moonless night and is more suited for deep space observations, astrophotography (star trails, time lapses etc.) Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are visible on all nights listed below however moon will only be visible from 25th Dec onwards**


3.00 PM: Arrival/Relax and enjoy the farm and take in the views.

3.15  PM: Solar Astronomy with special Hydrogen Alpha Telescope, Watch Solar activity that isn't possible to see with the naked eyes

4.00 PM: Interaction with Astronomer, understand how the sun works, our origin story and learn how to get started as a visual astronomer!

5.30 PM: Setting up tents followed by Tea and Snacks.

6.30PM: Stargazing session 2 - Explore Saturn, its rings and its moons, Jupiter and its moons, Mars, dense star clusters, star forming nebulae, double stars and lunar craters and mountains with powerful telescopes. Introduction to the night sky. Learn to identify some constellations, names of some bright stars. Also, watch artificial satellites and meteors with your naked eyes. (Moon will be visible from 25 Dec onwards)

8.30PM-9.30PM: Campfire and Dinner.

9.30 PM-4.30 AM: Go to sleep, or NOT! If you choose to stay awake, we show you some more deep space objects. You can also use your phone and DSLR with tripods to photograph the night sky, with our guidance. 

4.30 AM: Stargazing with telescopes resume. See the morning constellations, meteors, artificial satellites and learn how the sky changes with time.

6.30 AM: Tea and biscuits, followed by a tractor ride to a picturesque lake and a short trek on a nearby hilltop. Suitable for kids and those with no trekking experience. Shoes are needed.

830 AM: Elaborate breakfast and leave

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