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STAR TOURS OF THE NIGHT SKY FROM MITZPE RAMON

The Night Sky - Nature’s Own Planetarium

EXPERIENCE THE WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE WITH YOUR OWN EYES, HANDS AND OUR TELESCOPES FROM ISRAEL!

Welcome to nature’s planetarium, the night sky of Mitzpe Ramon. Let us take you on a guided tour of the heaven as you have never seen it before. From the dark skies here we will show you how to find the constellations, identify bright stars and experience  the sky’s wonders with our telescopes. See the star clouds of the Milky Way, observe planets and explore celestial marvels. Discover stars and constellations that tie into Biblical events, Jewish history and the Torah. 

On your two hour, night time star tour we take you to a high, dark plateau just a short distance from Mitzpe Ramon, overlooking Machtesh Ramon. There, under some of the darkest and clearest skies in Israel, you will learn to identify the constellations and learn both the classical and Hebrew lore of the sky. You will understand how the celestial sphere works, observe bright stars, learn their names, see star colors and understand stellar evolution. For the second half of the tour we go to our telescope and observe the best celestial wonders of the night – planets and their moons, star clusters, nebulae, and deep sky objects. Finally, you will hold “rocks from space”, moon rocks, and rocks from Mars in your hands. To cap it all off, you will hold a 4.5+ billion year old piece of the original "תֹ֙הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ" (“Tohu Va'vohu”) that our earth and solar system were created from! Suitable for ages 6 and up. Bring warm clothing, blankets.

Each tour is customized for the experience of the individual or group and objects observable each night. No previous experience or knowledge of astronomy required. Our goal is to share the wonders of the universe with you, while making you able to star gaze knowledgeably on your own after just one evening with us!

We can also come to you for your business meeting, party or special event. Treat your employees, colleagues and guests to an unforgettable night under the stars that will be truly different from anything they have experienced before.

Call or email to reserve a night.

What:   Two hour guided tours of the night sky from the clearest, darkest skies in Israel
When:   Every night, except Friday and Holidays
Where: The dark skies around Mitzpe Ramon
Time:  Starting one hour after sunset, two after Shabbat
Reservations: Call 052-544-9789 for reservations
Web site: http://www.astronomyisrael.com
Who: Ira Machefsky, 40+ years of astronomy experience
Email: machefsky@gmail.com

We are located one hour south of Be'er Sheva on Route 40, on the rim of Mactesh Ramon, the largest erosion crater in the world, at 5 miles wide and 27 miles long, and over 1000 feet deep.

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