Across The Sea Of Space, The Stars Are Other Suns

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This universe is intriguing.

The world of stars and galaxies has always interested human beings. We are curious about their existence, history and future.

There are a number of astronomical observatories around the world which let you sneak peek into the world of cosmos. Quench your thirst of curiosity!

Finest Observatories in Europe

Royal Observatory, Greenwich—London, U.K.

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation. Before the observatory was built, the grounds housed important buildings in English history dating all the way back to William I (the Tudors lived in Greenwich Castle, which was built on the same land as the Observatory).

Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory—Florence, Italy

If the hills of the Arcetri region of Florence were good enough for astronomy's ultimate bad boy (Galileo, maybe you've heard of him), then a visit to the Arectri Astrophysical Observatory, located in the very same hills where Galileo spent the last years of his life, should be good enough for you too.

Teide National Park—the Island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Teide National Park is located on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. It is both, a "Starlight Reserve" and a "Starlight Tourist Destination," thanks to its pristine night skies and ideal stargazing conditions. Laws exist on the island to control light pollution and flight pathways, to ensure perfect stargazing for visitors and astronomers alike.

Observatories in the USA

Mauna Kea Observatory—Hawaii

13,796 feet above sea-level and isolated in the Pacific Ocean, the observatories at Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island offer some of the most pristine star-gazing conditions in the world. Tourists can visit the summit, but officials suggest stopping at the Visitor's Center, located at 9,200 feet, before continuing onward (both to check weather conditions and acclimate to the elevation).

Very Large Array—Socorro, New Mexico

The Very Large Array is a massive radio telescope facility located 50 miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. The site is open for self-guided tours from 8:30 am to sunset. On the first Saturday of each month, the facility holds free guided tours at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

Kitt Peak National Observatory—Arizona

The American Southwest offers some of the best stargazing conditions in the United States—and perhaps none is better than Kitt Peak, a national observatory southwest of Tuscon, Arizona. Kitt Peak is home to the world's largest collection of optical telescopes and offers guided tours daily at 10 am, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. There are also nightly stargazing activities for those looking to peer at the cosmos through clear southwestern skies.

Fascinating Facts About Stars

Stars are in perfect balance

You might not realize but stars are in constant conflict with themselves. The collective gravity of all the mass of a star is pulling it inward. If there was nothing to stop it, the star would just continue collapsing for millions of years until it became its smallest possible size; maybe as a neutron star. But there is a pressure pushing back against the gravitational collapse of the star: light. Nuclear fusion at the core of a star generates a tremendous amount of energy.

Most stars are red dwarfs

If you could collect all the stars together and put them in piles, the biggest pile, by far, would be the red dwarfs. These are stars with less than 50% of the mass of the Sun. Red dwarfs can even be as small as 7.5% the mass of the Sun. Below that point, the star doesn’t have the gravitational pressure to raise the temperature inside its core to begin nuclear fusion.

Augustus Crawford

We guarantee your successful journey, warm and cordial memories and lifetime friends. With us you can explore the historical architecture of astronomy, learn about current astronomical research, and take in the wonders of the night sky. Choose your clothes depending on weather conditions.

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