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Stargazing Lab - Private Session

Up to 16 people per group

  • 1 hour
  • 245 New Zealand dollars
  • Maraetai Beach, Stargazing Observation Point

Service Description

These private group sessions are perfect for group parties, schools or just to celebrate a special event! The first session starts before sunset in order to explain very basic concepts about astronomy, telescopes, and photography. After that, you will have opportunities to observe the craters and mountains on the Moon, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and the rings of Saturn. You will also have a chance to observe deep-sky objects like star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. The sessions will target different objects and topics every day. Since these events are weather dependent, on occasions, we may need to postpone the event at short notice. If this happens, you will receive a text message on your mobile, one hour prior to the event, and your booking will be transferred to the next available session. We will help you to identify bright stars and major constellations. During each observing session, we will teach participants to find those elusive patterns in the sky with a simple monthly star map and a green laser pointer that projects a visible beam into the sky. Just like at a planetarium but under the real night sky! 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. Some telescopes and additional resources will be available for use. Including telescopes that can be operated by kids. LOCATION 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. There are four public parking (free) available (+40 cars capacity) and public toilets close to the observation area. 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:

Contact Details

022 344 2801

61 Kahawairahi Drive, Beachlands 2018, New Zealand

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