Galileo and the planets

  • April 01, 2016

In 1609, Galileo Galilei, became the first modern-day scientist when he turned his telescope towards the heavens. What did Galileo “see” that changed the way we humans perceive our universe? How much has our knowledge of cosmology progressed since Galileo’s time?

Join us for our April stargazing event at Maropeng. Image: Ryan Wick

On Saturday, 9 April, we'll be hosting our monthly stargazing event, which includes an after-dinner illustrated talk by Maropeng’s resident astronomer, Vincent Nettmann. A laser-guided binocular sky tour will also be conducted and a large aperture telescope will be available through which you can view the night sky. Of course, this is subject to weather conditions on the evening.

The itinerary is as follows:

6pm: Arrive for welcome drinks in the hotel reception nave
6.30pm: Enjoy our stargazing presentation
7.30pm: Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Stargazing through our telescopes will take place after dinner

What to bring

If you have your own binoculars you are welcome to bring them along. Please also bring a warm jacket as the evenings can be chilly.

Weather

If it is raining or overcast, the talk and dinner will still take place but not the stargazing through the telescopes.

Get your tickets today by purchasing them through our online store.

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