What's out there? Humans have looked up at the sky and wondered that for thousands of years. The mystery of the cosmos and the possibility of life existing beyond our own tiny blue planet have always intrigued us, sparking our imagination and fueling our thirst for knowledge. From ancient civilizations gazing at the stars and mapping constellations to modern-day astronomers peering through powerful telescopes, the quest to unravel the secrets of the universe has been an enduring pursuit.
if you share the same fascination with outer space, pack your bags because Kaza in Spiti Valley and Chandratal, two hidden gems nestled in the majestic Himalayas, are about to become the playground of astronomy enthusiasts and nature lovers alike with Astro Camp by Starscapes. With their elevated landscapes, minimal light pollution, and a Bortle scale rating of 1, these destinations are an unparalleled opportunity for stargazing and a chance to explore the wonders of the cosmos.
Led by the Founder and Product Head of Starscapes, Ramashish Ray, the Astro Camp promises a transformative experience like no other. Participants will have the chance to forge a deep connection with the celestial world while indulging their passion for astronomy. Through guided tours, sun observations, engaging STEM workshops, and much more, attendees will gain a profound appreciation for the cosmos and all its splendor.
Here's what you can expect at Astro Camp:
Celestial show - Guided Tour Across the Night Sky: Embark on a 45-minute journey through the night sky, exploring the moon, planets, and stars. Gain knowledge about the night sky, its scientific significance, historical context, and mythological aspects. Learn to identify celestial objects and constellations.
Planetary Parade - Witness the planets heralding the sun at daybreak. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will be visible to the naked eye, while telescopes offer an even more awe-inspiring spectacle.
The Moon - Earth's companion: Observe the moon through a telescope and learn about its formation, influence on Earth, cultural significance throughout history and across different societies, and its role in expanding our understanding of the universe. Explore its craters and attempt to identify various Apollo and Chandrayaan landing sites.
Sun observations - See the sun in all its glory. Discover methods for viewing the Sun at home, such as pinhole cameras, ball projectors, or solar goggles. If you're fortunate, you may witness sunspots and even the elusive solar flares.
STEM workshops - Engage in hands-on activities like building and launching rockets using materials readily available at home. Create your own sundials and grasp the concept of timekeeping. Explore the fundamental principles of a camera by constructing one yourself.
Selfie with the stars - Imagine a backdrop of star-studded night sky and a selfie with the stars? Starscapes can make it happen.
Founded in 2017 by the astronomy aficionado Ramashish Ray, Starscapes is India's first and only chain of observatories dedicated to providing travel enthusiasts with an integrated astronomy experience. With the support of Co-Founder and CEO Paul Savio, Starscapes has become a unique platform that gives voice to the curiosity and wonder we all hold about the vast skies beyond our stratosphere.
Astro Camp is an invitation to explore the mysteries of the universe while immersing oneself in the untouched beauty of nature. Don't miss this chance to witness the celestial spectacle and create unforgettable memories under the pristine skies of the Himalayas.