The Frisch School – Frisch's first annual auction
Auction Ends: Apr 30, 2012 11:00 PM EDT

Unique Experiences

Star Tour of the Night Sky from Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

Item Number
Estimated Value
180 USD
140 USD to klemmer
Number of Bids
14  -  Bid History

Item Description

With over 40 years of experience in Astronomy, Ira Machefsky, known as "the starman of Mitzpe Ramon" will take you on a guided tour of the heaven as you have never seen it before. From the dark skies he will show you how to find the constellations, identify bright stars and experience the sky’s wonders with telescope. 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 you will be taken 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 you will observe via telescope 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 “Tohu Va'vohu” that our earth and solar system were created from! Suitable for ages 6 and up. Bring warm clothing, blankets.

Special Instructions

Reservations must be made in advance on a mutually acceptable date and subject to weather; up to 8 people in group; valid for 1 year from date of auction; not valid during Chol Hamoed Pesach, Succot or the 8 days of Chanukah.

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