JOIN US UNDER THE STARS FOR A NIGHT OF STARGAZING.
The first session starts before the 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.
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.
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!
Stargazing Labs are taking place from Maraetai Beach, Maraetai, at 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. This is key to allow long-term expositions to capture amazing pictures of the deep-sky objects like nebulae and galaxies.
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: https://goo.gl/maps/GvAJFJJZGm6FNmVS6
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
There is no minimum age requirement
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is free parking available. Check the map.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact Skylabs via Facebook.
What's the refund policy?
Attendees can receive refunds up to 1 day before your event start date.
Attendees can request a refund if the event is postponed (usually due to weather conditions).