Stargazing at the Maropeng Hotel – 2 November

  • October 29, 2013

Acrux binary system, with HD 108250. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

A wise old philosopher once asked, "Are we human because we gaze at the stars or do we gaze at the stars because we are human?"

In Neil Gaiman’s novella Stardust (published by DC comics in 1999) he repeats the question, but this time with a twist:

"Are we human because we gaze at the stars or do we gaze at the stars because we are human? Pointless really. Do the stars gaze back? Now that's a question.” – Stardust

Who were the first stargazers?

Early hominids must have looked up into the night skies and wondered what the stars were, and possibly what lay beyond them.

Today modern man uses sophisticated technologies to attempt to answer these same age-old questions.

Join Maropeng’s resident astronomer Vincent Nettmann at the Maropeng Hotel on 2 November 2013 for an insightful introduction to the night sky and the first stargazers.

The intimate event includes a discussion about the evolution of astronomy as a science, and the concurrent development of the way we now think about the stars and sky above us.

Event itinerary

18h00: Welcome drinks are served in the Maropeng Hotel lobby
18h30: Enjoy a gourmet dinner in the Hotel restaurant
19h30: Presentation by Vincent Nettman in the lounge area of the Hotel

Viewing of the stars through telescopes takes place after the presentation on the hotel deck.

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Please note that times can vary based on how long dinner takes, and what time the guests arrive.

What to bring

  • If guests have their own binoculars, they are welcome to bring them along
  • Bring along a warm jacket, as the evenings can be chilly. If it is raining or overcast the talk and dinner will still take place, but not the stargazing through the telescopes

The cost for this special evening, including the stargazing presentation and dinner at the hotel is R350 per person.

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Combine this event with a stay at the Maropeng Hotel. Contact Mmathabo Maine on 014 577 9000 or mmathabom@maropeng.co.za for information on our special stargazing stayover rate.

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