Stargazing St Lucia South Africa
Stargazing is fast becoming a popular past time amongst many and it is easy to see why. It is a relaxing yet educational past time where one not only gets to enjoy the beauty of our night skies but also gains a better understanding of the universe and role and influence the stars have had on the lives of earlier cultures.
The people of southern Africa live close to the Earth and seasons. In traditional societies kinships and relationships played a very important role. Their affinities are extended to Earth, the animals as well as the stars and celestial objects. Historically people viewed the night sky as a secondary world that influenced events and determined time on Earth. They interacted with the brightest stars to secure food and influence good fortune in everyday life. People also used the night sky as a calendar- for celebrations, rituals and agricultural practises or simply as an indicator for the time of the year. The constellations of the night sky bare testament of star lore, myths and legends, some which are as old as 4000 years.
Nowadays our major cities are all heavily light polluted and it is only once we leave the cities and travel to remote locations that we realise the beauty that our night skies possess. Thousands of stars light up the night sky like glittering eyes, captivating you now, as they have captivated people for thousands of years. It is here where one can forget about the busy city life, traffic and the stresses of everyday life.
St. Lucia is arguably the “wildest” village in South Africa. It is located in the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, South Africa’s first proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage site. With Hippopotamus roaming the streets at night and wildlife found on our doorsteps it is the perfect setting for a night of stargazing. After a day immersed in the natural beauty of the area there is no reason to stop just because the sun has set. St. Lucia is not only ideal for viewing animals it is also the ideal location from which to view the stars.
Stargazing in St. Lucia is a new and unique activity which allows you to sit back and relax with a drink in hand and gaze up at the Milky Way stretching high over head. A professional guide will be there guiding you on a journey through space and time. Learn about the constellations and magical star patterns in the sky; be thrilled and amazed as you learn about the origins of stars, planets, our solar system, and the universe itself.
Unlock the hidden gems of deep space by peering through a large computerised telescope, discover star clusters filled with colourful stars being formed in their stellar nurseries, see the rings of Saturn, the moons of our gas giant Jupiter and explore the craters and mountain ranges of the moon. All the while being informed and entertained by a knowledgeable night-sky guide.
Refreshments are served to set the mood for magical evening and transportation from and to your accommodation in St. Lucia will be available. So if you have an inquiring mind or just looking for something different to do, then stargazing is the perfect way to end your day. It is an activity suitable for young and old alike. Please join us on a journey to the stars with an evening of stargazing here in the town of St. Lucia!
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