Starscapes to setup an astro observatory in Ooty

Bengaluru: Starscapes, India’s leading Astro tourism company, will soon launch an astronomical observatory in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. Starscapes will first set up a mobile observatory at MindEscapes resort in Ooty, followed by a permanent setup right next to the resort.

The new observatory will offer tourists a holistic astronomical experience, with a variety of activities both during the day and at night, ranging from stargazing excursions to astrophotography, and sun observation. A trained astronomy expert will guide the visitors on their stargazing journey.

Commenting on the new launch, Paul Savio, CEO and Co-Founder, Starscapes, said, “ We are excited to set up our mobile observatory at a location like MindEscapes, which is known for creating niche experiences. MindEscapes’ motto of unwinding the mind and thinking beyond the ordinary is well aligned with our vision of creating offbeat experiences that rejuvenate the mind”

“Ooty has been one of the most sought-after and favourite vacation spots for tourists of all age groups. In addition to the beautiful gardens, spectacular mountains, colonial architecture, and mist-covered forests, Ooty has a lot more to offer.  Located at an altitude of 2200 metres above sea level, Ooty has minimal light pollution, making it an ideal location to experience the enigma of stargazing. Our observatory adds a new dimension to the list of must-visit attractions in Ooty” Paul added.

Dipali Sikand, Founder, MindEscapes, said, “At MindEscapes, our entire philosophy revolves around enabling better thought, creating eureka moments, and to get individuals to think outside the box. In order to do so, we have some of the best thinkers with us who are curating these experiences. Through MindEscapes, we want to leave a legacy behind where people can think beyond the ordinary. One of the ways to do this is through Blue Sky thinking, often known as brainstorming with no limits. This can happen by creating an immersive experience where one  can look at situations with a completely fresh eye. We are excited to provide a platform for Starscapes to offer an experience that takes people on a journey of the world and beyond. They are enabling experiences that go beyond the physical, allowing for meaningful dialogue, experiential learning, and scientific thinking.”

Starscapes will regularly host a number of engaging sessions related to stargazing. Some of the activities are

  • Stargazing sessions: A guided session by Starscapes ‘Starguides’ who will tell you all about the universe.

  • Sun Observation: Want to watch the sun without squinting in agony? Starscapes can arrange for safe viewing of the sun to discover some of the fascinating aspects you didn’t know about the sun.

  • Star parties: Get your group along to experience the enigma of the cosmos with an up-close-and-personal viewing of the moon and other planetary objects. From stargazing safari to astrophotography, Starscapes’ Star parties will have it all.

  • Selfie with the stars: We’re not talking about movie stars here; we’re talking about real stars. Imagine a backdrop of star-studded night sky and a selfie with the stars? Starscapes can make it happen.

 

During the day, visitors can participate in activities such as experiential science activities, which start at Rs. 200 and last for about 30 minutes to an hour. Apart from this, there are observation sessions and workshops around the sun. At night, there are stargazing sessions that last for about 45 minutes to an hour and cost between Rs. 300 and Rs. 1000.

 

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