A night of Astronomy: Mt John Observatory
Mt John Observatory Overnight Experience
This is a truly unique experience. For the first time ever the University of Canterbury will open the doors of Mt John Observatory to a limited number of people for an overnight stay. Usually this type of experience is limited to astronomers and scientists exclusively, but this is your chance to see the night skies as never before.
The observatory is considered New Zealand’s premier astronomical research centre and houses 6 powerful telescopes including the country’s biggest which can observe 50 million stars each night.
What is on offer is exclusive use of one of the biggest telescopes in NZ for the whole night, an exclusive experience guided by some of the New Zealand’s top astronomers.
Don’t miss out, this experience is only available to those taking our Southern Lights by Flight and is limited to 8 people per night.
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This is an exclusive experience available only to those taking our Southern Lights by Flight, this is the first time the public have been allowed inside the observatory for an overnight experience.
There are 6 telescopes including the country’s biggest which can observe 50 million stars each night.
" As part of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, Mount John is one of the best places in the world to observe the planets, stars, galaxies and solar systems, and you will have top astronomers with you as well!" Rachel, Team Viva