messier marathon 2021

March 12-14, 2021

Jungle Livinn, Chail

Chail, Himachal pradesh

The best and most reliable of the major annual showers presently observable reaches its broad maximum on December 14th early morning hours making the December 13 evening a better time to enjoy up to 150 meteors per hour. Rising just around the Sunset, the radiant will be above the sky for whole night making it easier to spot hundreds of meteors in the night. 

Geminids are often the most promising meteor showers of the year and in last decade, they have rarely disappointed the observer around the globe. With bright fireballs a common occurrence in Gemenids, the shows are spectacular and the experience is unparalleled to any other shower.

Geminids shower are caused due to the debris left behind by 3200 Phaethon (asteroid) during its regular visit to the inner solar system. The asteroid has an orbital period of 544 days and hence every 2 years, the Earth pass through the fresh load of debris left behind by the asteroid. Due to this reason, the meteor shower is one of the most sought after celestial event. Please go through the itinerary below to understand how the program will be carried out.

Please read our COVID-19 Guidelines to understand how we are ensuring your safety while you enjoy the night sky.

Generic Program detail

12/12/20 – Saturday

  • 14:30 Arrival at campsite, check in
  • 14:45 Lunch
  • 15:30 General Discussion about stargazing, astrophotography and meteor showers.
  • 17:00 Setting up of equipment with Hi-Tea
  • 18:00 Astrophotography Start
  • 19:00 Constellation Watch and Star hopping
  • 19:30 Meteor Shower observation, Deep Sky Observation
  • 20:30 Dinner
  • 21:30 Observation continues
  • 23:30 Midnight Tea
  • 00:00 Observation continues
  • 05:00 Cover the telescopes, observation ends
  • 05:30 Bed time

13/12/20 – Sunday

  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Free time. Indulge in adventure activities/rest in the room/explore the place.
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 17:00 Preparing equipment with Hi-Tea
  • 18:00 Astrophotography Start
  • 19:00 Constellation Watch and Star hopping
  • 19:30 Meteor Shower observation, Deep Sky Observation
  • 20:30 Dinner
  • 21:30 Observation continues
  • 23:30 Midnight Tea
  • 00:00 Observation continues
  • 05:00 pack the telescopes, observation ends
  • 05:30 Bed time

14/12/20 – Monday

  • 9:30 Wake up*
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Group Photo
  • 12:00 Equipment Packing & loading, Departure for Delhi
If you plan to leave late, do let us know in advance for making necessary arrangements at the property. It is mandatory to check out from room by 12 noon. You can stay there for as long as you like.

Included:

Accommodation in rooms on twin sharing basis.Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner morning, Evening & Midnight Tea with snacks. Astronomy services & use of available astronomy gear.

Excluded:
Travel to and from the site (can be arranged at added expense).
Any extra order at the property, Meals on the way, room service/additional orders

BASIC AMENITIES
  • Luxurious Rooms for stay on twin sharing basis.
  • In room amenities like tea/coffee maker, desk chair and balcony to enjoy the majestic views of Himalayas.
  • Hot water in the morning.
  • Restaurant for food and snacks order.
  • Adventure activities like wall climbing, trekking Zip-Line with experts
  • Astronomy gear for visual observation with experts.
  • Astrophotography expertise on your own equipment
  • Meteor Shower Observations from Bortle 3 skies.
WEATHER
  • Cold and Dry weather expected. Nights can be freezing cold in December. Carry heavy woollens with gloves, cap and woollen socks. Carry Sunscreen and moisturiser as the weather can be very dry and Sun can be harmful for skin.
THINGS TO CARRY
  • Heavy woollens, necessary items as described above.
  • Your camera, all accessories and tripod
  • Your medicines, and other essential items
  • Some snacks and chocolates for night munching.
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