I was lucky enough to enjoy a the four day long weekend over Easter work free this year, and decided to try and make good use of the time off. I was supposed to go camping with friends, but our loose plans fell a part. What I had been looking forward to the most in camping over Easter was the chance to be outdoors, uninhibited by modern life. So when camping plans go out the window over a long weekend what do you do instead? You go star gazing.
Central Australia has some of the clearest skies in the world, so this is not the first time I have gone star gazing before. This was, however, the first time I had gone on a star gazing tour.
We arrived at Earth Sanctuary at around 7pm and proceeded to the star gazing amphitheater where we were treated to an hour and a half long presentation. Our guide showed us how to identify a number of constellations including the Southern Cross, Orion’s Belt, Cancer, Libra and Leo.
We also had an amazing view of the moon rise which was made even better by being able to see it’s craters through a telescope. It was amazing if you ignore the fact that I smacked by eye on the telescope eye lens, completely embarrassing myself in front of everyone.
The night ended with a mini presentation of various space photographs projected onto the back of a large white telescope.