Learn about the principles of basic astronomy, the history of Polynesian voyaging and settlement, navigational techniques and the archeo-astronomy of Rapa Nui. Head out to some of the island’s traditional observatory sites to gaze at the night sky and view stars and constellations visible only in the Southern Hemisphere.Your guide will point out stars and constellations of interest to the Polynesian navigators, relating some of the stories and legends that are tied to them, and explain techniques on how to find certain cardinal points of the traditional Polynesian compass by using the layout of the night sky. Look at the beauty of star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, stars and planets visible through our high-powered telescope before of heading to Anakena Beach with the option of taking spectacular shots of the star-filled sky moai in the foreground. Finish the night with a hot beverage and a slice of poʻe, a local spin on banana bread.
The Rapa Nui Stargazing Experience includes – • A short presentation on basic astronomy, Polynesian navigation and archeo-astronomy • General stargazing and explanation on navigational techniques at a remote observation site • Telescope observation of various stars, planets, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies • Options for night photography at Anakena Beach • Use of a red-light night vision head lamp • A hot beverage and slice of poʻe • Maximum of eight people per tour • Pick up from your accommodation between 8:00PM - 8:30PM. • Duration - 4.5 hoursItinerary - 8:00pm – 8:30pm – Pickup from accommodation8:30pm – Presentation on Polynesian history, navigation, basic astronomy and archeo-astronomy at the Green Island Tours office9:15pm – Drive to observation site9:45pm – Observation site – Set up telescope, general overview of sky layout, stars and constellations of significance10:00pm – Look at visible planets, nebulae, stars and clusters through telescope and binoculars11:30pm – Head to Anakena11:45pm – Anakena – Option of night photography by the moai12:15pm – Head to Hanga Roa12:45pm – Drop off at accommodation