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Planets Parade 3rd June 2024

This is an event co-organised with Maraetai Beach School

  • Stargazing Observation Point -, Maraetai Coast Road, Maraetai 2582

Service Description

A Planetary alignment is an astronomical term used to describe an event when several planets gather closely on one side of the Sun at the same time. The next planetary alignment will take place on 3rd June 2024. In the early morning, six planets — Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune — will align in the sky. Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn may be spotted with the naked eye, but during this session, you will be able to observe extraordinary details of those planets with our telescopes. Neptune and Uranus can’t be seen naked eye and you'll need a telescope or high-powered binoculars to see them. During this session, we will provide information about the research project on light pollution initiated by Maraetai Beach School students in collaboration with Skylabs NZ. While the registration is free, the number of telescopes is limited; for that reason, booking is required. ABOUT LIGHT POLLUTION Less than 100 years ago, everyone could look up and see a spectacular starry night sky. Now, millions of children across the globe will never experience the Milky Way where they live. The increased and widespread use of artificial light at night is not only impairing our view of the universe but also adversely affecting our environment, safety, energy consumption, and health. Light pollution is a side effect of industrial civilization. Its sources include building exterior and interior lighting, advertising, commercial properties, offices, factories, streetlights, and illuminated sporting venues. The fact is that much outdoor lighting used at night is inefficient, overly bright, poorly targeted, improperly shielded, and, in many cases, completely unnecessary. TIME 3rd June 2024 from 6 am until sunrise. VENUE Stargazing Labs are taking place from Maraetai Beach, Maraetai, just 40 minutes from the Auckland CBD. This beautiful location offers stunning views of the night sky and low light pollution coming from the city. Finding the observation area can be tricky if you are not familiar with Maraetai. Please, come a bit earlier and consider following the google maps directions: STEM AND FAMILY-FRIENDLY Even though the sessions end late, these activities are family-friendly and ideal for kids. You will have a nice opportunity to learn more about the solar system and the Universe, and also to motivate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in young minds.

Upcoming Sessions

Contact Details

022 344 2801

61 Kahawairahi Drive, Beachlands 2018, New Zealand

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