Orionids meteor showers

October 20-22, 2020

Jim Corbett National park

Corbett, Uttarakhand

The roar of the tigers and the stars shooting along with the lush green surrounding around your luxurious and comfortable stay, is the experience we would like to offer for the Orionid Meteor Shower this October.  October’s waxing crescent Moon sets well before local midnight for the peak night of October 20/21 this year. The waxing crescent Moon will less than 4 days old and will set by dinner time for us to leave the skies open for a wonderful observation of the stars and also for the meteors which will rise a little after 10. It means the timing for the observation will be perfect to watch some super fast meteors moving around in the sky.

The shower is predicted to have 20+ meteors per hour visibility which leads to one meteor per 3 minutes. Given the amount of atmospheric disturbance, a rate of 1 meteor per 5 minutes is also not bad and certainly very attractive for the experience one can get seeing so many meteors over night.

Orionids shower are caused due to the debris left behind by Comet Halley during its regular visit to the inner solar system. The Earth pass through the comet debris around 20/21 October every year and hence the peak of the shower occurs on 20/21 October night. 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

20/10/20 – Tuesday

  • 07:00 Departure from Delhi
  • 09:00 Breakfast at Gajraula
  • 12:30 Arrival at resort, Check-in
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:30 Presentation – Introduction to Meteor Shower, Stargazing & Astrophotography.
  • 17:00 Setting up of equipment with Hi-Tea
  • 18:00 Observation & Photography Starts
  • 20:30 Dinner
  • 21:30 Observation continues
  • 22:05 Radient of Meteor Shower rises
  • 23:30 Midnight Tea

21/10/20 – Wednesday

  • 00:00 Observation continues
  • 05:00 Cover the telescopes, observation ends, Bed time
  • 09:30 Wake up
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Free time, at leisure
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 17:00 Hi-Tea, start your equipment & get ready.
  • 17:30 Observation begins
  • 20:30 Dinner
  • 21:30 Observation continues
  • 22:00 Radiant rises
  • 23:30 Midnight Tea

22/10/20 – Thursday

  • 00:00 Observation continues
  • 01:30 Constellation watch
  • 05:00 pack the telescopes, observation ends
  • 05:30 Bed time
  • 09:30 Wake up*
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Check-out, departure for Delhi.
  • 14:00 Lunch at Gajraula
  • 16:30 Arrival at Delhi
Please Note: Mobile connectivity and Internet connectivity can be a problem at the resort. Plan accordingly.
 

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
  • Comfortable rooms with running hot water
  • Kids play area for fun during evening & morning.
  • Astrophotography expertise on your own equipment
  • Swimming pool, gaming arena etc available.
  • Visit to the National Park is not included. You can make your own arrangements or we can arrange for you at additional cost, if the park is open.
WEATHER
  • Usually cold at night, dew is visible in the months of October & November. Carry woollens with gloves, cap and woollen socks.
THINGS TO CARRY
  • Carry woollens.
  • Carry your camera, all accessories and tripod
  • Carry your medicines, and other essential items
  • Carry some snacks and chocolates for night munching.
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