Stargazing at Maropeng
Laser-guided binocular sky tour and large-aperture star-gazing at Maropeng on Sat 28. Adults R 395, Children R 210, includes buffet dinner.
Saturday 28 January 2017
Explore the Universe with Maropeng’s resident astronomer, Vincent Nettmann.
The Taurus-Orion region is one of the best ‘beginner’ areas of the sky to start your astronomical journey.
The Great Orion Nebula is a vast cloud of dust and gas, a ‘stellar nursery’, where recently four hot young stars were formed.
The Seven sisters or the Pleiades is an open cluster consisting of about 480 infant stars.
Rigel is a huge young blue giant star burning its nuclear fuels at a very fast rate.
Beetlejuice is a red giant star, ten billion years old, coming to the end of its life.
Discover some amazing facts about the fascinating life-cycles of the stars as you take a last look at our summer skies.
The evening commences at 17h30 with welcome drinks and a pre-dinner presentation by Vincent Nettmann, who engages audiences with his ‘edu-taining’ and easily understandable manner.
This is followed by a buffet dinner at Maropeng’s Tumulus Restaurant at 19h30.
After dinner, you’ll participate in a laser-guided binocular sky tour and large-aperture star-gazing.
What to take:
– your own binoculars, if you have them
– a warm jacket as the evenings can be chilly
The cost for this special evening, including the stargazing presentation and buffet dinner is:
R 395 per adult
R 210 per child (four to 14 years)
Tickets available from Webtickets – http://ow.ly/29A6308m9uW
Where: Off R563 Hekpoort Road, Sterkfontein