Middle of Somewhere
is hosting it's first Sky Gazing Session on 11th August 2018. Witness firsthand the spectacular Perseid Meteor Shower, the Most Incredible Meteor Shower of the Year. Astronomer Amar Sharma would be conduction the 'Celestial Wonders Workshop'
Lay down under the open sky and revel in the spectacle of many faint stars, with an experienced astronomer to take you through the journey. Learn about the constellations, night sky, celestial objects & observational astronomy better than before.
Observe the Celestial Wonders through a powerful 8-inch dobsonian telescope. Shriek at the sight of a zipping meteor, those 'oohs' & 'aahs'.
Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle has long passed by, but left behind a debris trail which the Earth will intersect in its orbit appearing as "shooting stars”. We are expected to see around 80 per hour. However, this assumes a perfectly dark sky and that the radiant of the meteor shower is directly overhead.
ABOUT AMAR SHARMA:
An amateur astronomer for last 15-16 years, one who chose to make his profession popularizing astronomy and making the society look up at the night sky, without becoming a professional astronomer. An experienced observational astronomer having spent thousands of hours under the night sky, Amar is also far too involved in many other creative areas of astronomy. He's an: invigorated communicator; expressive writer; author of the upcoming deepest book on amateur astronomy; encyclopedia on 20th century comet hunters & discoverers; ccd camera imager; astrosketcher; dark sky conservator & fighter of light pollution; aspiring astronomy documentary film maker; pioneer of astronomy tourism in India; and more.
World renowned comet hunter David Levy honoured him with his own asteroid discovery as "380607 Sharma" for his ongoing contributions to Indian amateur astronomy -- this is like a lifetime recognition!
A Sky Watcher 8 Inch Dobsonian Telescope would be used to observe the Meteor Shower & other celestial objects.
Features of the Sky Watcher 8 Inch Dobsonian Telescope:
- Covers a greater field of view than most Newtonian telescopes
- Shorter focal length (1200mm), producing crisp and crystal-clear images
- Easy to track sky objects
- One could see a great number of celestial objects like Great Orion Nebula, Lagoon Nebula, Trifid Nebula, M92 and M13 globular star clusters, and even the Andromeda Galaxy
- Wide Apparent Field of View: over 52 degrees
- See the finer details of the Moon’s craters, as well as a few of Saturn’s moons
Ticket prices - Including 18% GST
B.Y.O.T : Kids 6 to 15 years: Rs. 1,357 per kid & Adults : Rs. 1,770/- per head
(Includes: Sky Gazing Session + BBQ Dinner (Veg/Non Veg) & Bonfire)
Perseid Campout : Kids 6 to 15 years : Rs. 2,124/- per kid & Adults : Rs. 2,537/- per head
(Includes: Sky Gazing Session + Camping Gear - 1 Tent, 1 Sleeping Bag, 1 Foam Mat & 1 Air pillow)
1. Free Entry for Kids of 5 years and below
2. Package Exclusions: Transportation, Floor Mats & Breakfast
> 4:30 pm - Check in / Arrival at Camp Site
> 4:45 pm - Setting up Camp / Pitching Tents
> 5:00 to 8:00 pm - Orientation Initiation (Scale Model of Solar System activity, Q & A with Astronomer - Amar Sharma, Casual night sky observing)
> 8:15 pm - BBQ Dinner & Bonfire
> 9:15 pm to 12 am - Night Sky Meteor Observation & Telescope observation
> 8:00 am - Check out / Return to Bangalore