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Stargazing with Astrophysicist

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Stargazing with Astrophysicist

52 reviews
Paused through 3rd of April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English
workshop

Stargazing with Astrophysicist

workshop

Stargazing with Astrophysicist

52 reviews
Paused through 3rd of April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Join me at my house for an introduction to the southern night sky and a discussion of South Africa's Astronomy research (that uses the huge telescopes in more remote parts of the country.) The house is high up in the City Bowl so has a good view of the sky. If the weather is good, I'll use a laser pointer to guide you through the constellations and we can use my telescope to see celestial objects, but much of the experience will involve virtual "stargazing", using simulations. I'll also provide teaching aids to help understand what is visible in the sky at different times from different places on earth, a starting point for learning to navigate by the stars. Guests can ask their questions about space and Physics, obtaining answers from a professional scientist. I will try to be clear about how we know so much about the universe. I can talk about life beyond earth, some African starlore, time and space travel, celestial navigation, the beginning of the universe, mysterious dark matter, and much more! If you consider yourself to be a professional Astrologer, please consider booking a private experience so I can taylor the experience for you.

Your host

Learn more about Catherine

Catherine

I grew up in South Africa but studied in the US, obtaining a PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia University. I have been doing research and teaching here for over 15 years. It's amazing how much we know about the universe and I love sharing this knowledge with others. South Africa hosts some of the biggest telescopes in the world and I can tell you about world-leading research we are carrying out using our facilities.

What's included

Drinks
A selection of drinks
Equipment
Telescopes, celestial sphere, computer simulations, binoculars

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Where you'll be

Aside from the great terrestrial view from my house, guests will tour the southern sky (relying on visualisation tools to "see" the sky that is not visible at the time) This introductory experience is a good foundation for visits to dark Astronomy sites and Telescopes in the Karoo, offered separately.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 8 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

More tips

If the weather is bad we can still do a virtual tour of the sky (using visualization software)... and you'll be welcome to join the experience again on a clear night, free of charge.

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Catherine
Stargazing with Astrophysicist
52 reviews
£23/person
52 reviews
£23/person