There is something undeniably magical about venturing out into the open space and gazing up at the night sky. The vastness, the twinkling stars, and the sense of wonder they inspire have fascinated humans for centuries. However, in the UAE, finding a suitable location for stargazing can be quite challenging due to light pollution and urban development. But fear not, because we have an exquisite solution that will allow you to indulge in the beauty of the night sky without leaving the country. Get ready to discover a unique and enchanting experience in one of Abu Dhabi’s deserts.
Exciting Events At 421: A Road Trip To Al Sadeem Observatory
421, an independent arts platform and cultural centre, has an exciting lineup of exhibitions and events planned for the upcoming months. One event that stands out and captures our anticipation is a road trip to Al Sadeem Observatory on Sunday, June 18. Departing from the 421 building in Mina Zayed at 7pm, a culture bus will transport participants on a scenic one-hour drive to the observatory located in Al Wathba.
Get Ready For A Remarkable Stargazing Experience
Once we arrive at the observatory, guests will have the opportunity to engage in a remarkable two-hour stargazing experience. This experience will allow us to observe celestial bodies such as the moon, various planets, stars, and other cosmic objects. Both traditional telescopes and advanced smart telescopes like Vespera and Stellina will be available for use during the event. The observatory, which opened its doors to the public in 2016, has been attracting thousands of curious visitors who embark on guided tours and explore the wonders of the night sky.
Celestial Sightings You Can Expect To See In June
In the month of June, the observatory predicts several impressive sightings, including a full moon on the day of the visit. According to the observatory’s website, June marks the time when the Milky Way becomes visible earlier in the night, around 9pm. Additionally, fascinating nebulae decorate the evening skies. As mid-June approaches, the planets Venus and Mars will set close to sunset, providing a captivating spectacle. Furthermore, we will have the chance to experience the year’s first solstice.
After a memorable evening of stargazing, the bus will depart from the observatory at 10pm. Safely transporting guests back to the 421 building, arriving around 11pm.
How much Will Tickets Cost?
To secure a spot on this extraordinary trip, tickets are available for purchase at a cost of AED 180. This ticket includes the bus transportation, priced at AED 30. Discounted entry ticket for the observatory are priced at AED 150. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore the night sky and marvel at the wonders of the universe.
Al Sadeem Observatory Quick Deets
Location: catch the bus at – Mina Zayed | the observatory – Al-Wathba South – Abu Dhabi
Timings: Sun Jun 18 7pm-11pm
Contact: 02 676 8803
You can book your ticket online here