For astro-newcomers WANTING TO ADVANCE
HIGH SCHOOL Students IN / PASSED OUT GRADES 7 - 10
1 day indoor presentations
2 NIGHTS AT THE PRIVATE SOPHISTICATED OBSERVATORY
2 nightS under the NIGHT sky
Your safety is our highest priority. We are still careful about the pandemic-related protocols for travel domestically.
Fortunately, as elsewhere, the incidence of COVID-19 within Mumbai, India, is decreasing steadily, and there are no significant new cases being reported daily. Even the Maharashtra government has relaxed its stringent conditions.
Yet we expect you to be fully vaccinated and continue wearing masks during the overnight astronomy programme, in the welfare of other participants., especially young kids.
Please note that Astronomy Journeys does not expect any participant to cause covid-related inconvenience to other participants in its programmes and requests all participants to exercise caution.
About The Event
On May 4, 5, 6, we are conducting an advanced workshop for high school students currently joining or having passed out grades 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th. This is aimed from the angle of getting them inclined to astronomy as a potential career or semi-career.
On 4th May, in Thane West city, will be an indoor day-long (9 am - 6 pm) set of presentations granting the student knowledge or theory of practical – for once, not only theory again. On 5th & 6th May, for 2 nights, we're headed to Dark Matters Observatory outside Thane city off Shahpur town in Maharashtra to experience a sophisticated privately owned astronomy observatory.
This is a night sky observing tour aimed especially for youngsters into astronomy who want to learn the advanced aspects of the night sky from one of India's BEST night sky specialists with a flair for astronomical teaching. The participant will also get to lay down under the night sky as well as learn it by keeping themselves engaged in observing through 2 big computerized telescopes of advanced amateur observatory grade, a 14-inch reflector and 6-inch refractor, both on advanced mounts. This is a rare opportunity for the Indian students to face-off with such advanced equipment not found in Indian territory.
Here the participants will get to learn in-depth on aspects and insights of amateur astronomy, visual observing, how to make logs and sketches of Deep Sky Objects (DSOs) like binary stars, star clusters, globular clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. The youngsters will themselves get to participate and partake in the processes of the vast, deep field called Amateur Astronomy, and especially Observational Astronomy – away from the books sitting indoors, for once. At the end of 1 day & 2 nights, they'll not anymore be new to the landscape of the night sky and its constellations as well as making advanced visual observations, having already stepped onto the next level of observational / practical astronomy, and even ready to converse with professional astronomers!
What is more? We, co-incidentally, have the chance of seeing some nice meteors streak in the sky. May 6 & 7 is the peak of the yearly Eta Aquarids meteor shower – from the trail of dust & debris left behind by the famous Halley’s Comet – which produce up to 20 to 40 meteors per hour at their peak. The students have a good chance of spotting the 'zippers' in the night sky – provided they keep their gaze hooked upwards. Be prepared for constant exclamations whenever you see even one!
Join Astronomy Journeys to be part of an Indian advanced amateur observatory at a location outside of a major urban centre of Thane-Mumbai and learn the night sky like how literally no one in India can show it to you – it is NOT a mere hobby or sky-gazing for us, we are VERY well-versed in speaking the language of amateur astronomy for the last 20 years full-time.
Itinerary For May 4, 2022
Arrival at lecture hall in Thane West
Begin indoor sessions
Conclude indoor sessions
Itinerary For May 5, 2022
Arrival at Observatory
Briefing on overnight
Lights OFF - begin observing
Itinerary For May 6, 2022
Lights OFF - begin observing
May 7, 2022
Summary + Discussions
1 day hall rent + lunch & snacks
2 nights stay at private observatory
All meals (snacks + lunches + dinners + breakfasts)
Intermediate level astronomy kit
2-way transport to Shahpur
from your location *
Anything extra incurred
not stated in inclusions
* Request for transport based on
requirement at additional cost