Welcome to Nakshatra Sabha

3 Days / 2 Night Event (George Everest Peak, Mussoorie)

Embark on a cosmic journey with us! You’re cordially invited to our captivating astronomy sessions at George Everest Peak, Mussoorie, where we explore the wonders of the universe. Delve into the mysteries of distant galaxies, witness breathtaking celestial events, and expand your knowledge of the cosmos. Whether you’re a seasoned stargazer or a curious beginner, these sessions promise to ignite your imagination and deepen your understanding of the cosmos. Join us for an unforgettable experience under the stars! Reserve your spot today and let’s embark on a celestial adventure together.

  • Ticket and
    Camping Packages
  • How to
    Reach
  • Detailed
    Itinerary
  • Things to observe
    in Night Sky
  • Activities and
    Experiences
  • Safety, Health, and
    Environment Policy
  • Do’s and
    Don’t
  • FAQ

Activities and Experiences

Join us at Nakshatra Sabha for an unforgettable journey through the stars, filled with
learning, exploration, and wonder that goes beyond celestial shows!

Sun Observation

Experience the mysteries of our nearest star, the sun, through a series of captivating sessions with from Dr. Dipankar Bannerjee of ARIES, who will share insights from the Aditya Mission project team.You’ll discover techniques to observe the sun safely without direct eye contact, learn how to use it for navigation and timekeeping, and explore the concepts behind historic sun instruments like the Jantar Mantar and sundials. Participants will even have the chance to build their own sundials. Using special goggles and telescopes, you’ll observe the sun’s spots, surface, and flares firsthand.

Rocketry

Dive into the exciting world of rocketry, where you’ll go from basic principles to advanced applications. Create your own rocket using easily accessible materials, engage in fun competitions to learn about parabolic motion, and experiment with water and air propulsion to understand the power of fuel. The event will kick off with the launch of a water-based rocket projectile, marking the start of our stellar journey.

Optics and Telescopes

Explore the wonders of light and its applications in various optical instruments. Learn about the properties of light, how it travels, interacts with different materials, and reveals its constituent colors. Hands-on demonstrations will show you how telescopes are constructed, making this a fascinating experience for both children and adults alike.

Cosmos Theatre

Immerse yourself in the universe with 3D shows and virtual reality experiences. Enjoy educational and entertaining shows with 3D glasses, participate in quizzes with exciting prizes, and listen to expert guest speakers. Dr. Dipankar Bannerjee will discuss the Aditya Mission with a live projection of the sun through a telescope, while Dr. Aakash Sinha will share insights on the Chandrayaan missions and rover capabilities.

Activity Zone

Engage in a variety of interactive and educational activities in our open-area zone. Measure height, use contour maps, play solar system games, and use a latitude finder for self-discovery. Capture memorable moments with a Moon backdrop featuring an astronaut and a Mars backdrop with a rover race competition.

Astrophotography Zone

Learn the art of capturing the night sky from expert astrophotographers. Attend sessions where professionals share their tips and tricks, participate in hands-on photography demonstrations, and join evening theory classes to enhance your astrophotography skills. This zone promises to be both informative and inspiring for photography enthusiasts.

Merchandise Zone

Pick up your favorite souvenirs and memorabilia to remember the event. Our merchandise tent offers exclusive Starscapes merch, keychains, hats, astro-kits, rocket building kits, and more. You’ll also find DIY sundial kits and solar system models for hands-on fun.

Reception and Utility Zone

Find all the support and amenities you need for a comfortable stay at our dedicated reception and utility zone. Information desks will assist with queries, stay issues, food, and additional learning. The utility area provides water, tissues, medical supplies, emergency chocolates, food, and toiletries to ensure your needs are met.

Dining Zone

Enjoy a variety of delicious pre-cooked meals in a communal dining setting.

Breakfasts include parantha, curd, pickle, and poha or upma. Lunch features a thali of mixed vegetable curry, yellow dal, jeera rice, chapati, salad, and gulab jamun. Evening snacks offer kathi rolls, sandwiches, and readymade tea, while dinner serves a thali of kadhai paneer, dal makhani, mattar rice, chapati, salad, and halwa. Throughout the camp, parallel activities ensure everyone finds something enjoyable and enriching to do.

How To Reach

Travel to Nakshatra Sabha

Mussoorie is a popular hill station located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. You can reach Mussoorie by various means of transportation:

By Air

The nearest airport to Mussoorie is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is approximately 60 kilometers away. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Mussoorie.

By Train

The nearest railway station to Mussoorie is the Dehradun Railway Station, which is well-connected to major cities in India. From the railway station, you can take a taxi or bus to Mussoorie.

By Road

Mussoorie is well-connected by road to major cities in Uttarakhand and nearby states. You can drive to Mussoorie or take a bus from nearby cities like Dehradun, Delhi, or Haridwar.

Reach the George Everest Museum: Once you reach Mussoorie, you can proceed to the George Everest Museum, which is located about 6 kilometers from the main town center. Here’s how to get there:

By Taxi or Private Vehicle

You can hire a taxi or drive your own vehicle to reach the museum. The museum is located on the way to Cloud's End, a popular tourist spot in Mussoorie. You can ask the driver to take you to the George Everest Museum.

By Walking or Hiking

If you enjoy walking or hiking, you can trek to the museum from the main town center of Mussoorie. The trek offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Upon reaching, please proceed to the registration desk of Starscapes
Experiences Pvt. Ltd., situated near the entry gate, for confirmation of arrival.

Hope to see you there on May 31st, June 1st and 2nd , 2024.

Ticket and Camping Packages

Option 1

Event Access

799

per person

Option 2

Meal Package

2299

per person

Option 3

Premium Package

8500

for two person

We are happy to share that Stotrak is our hospitality partner. In case you are looking for stay options in Mussories and do not want to camp on site you may contact them for special Nakshatra Sabha packages.

4000

(Including GST)

Double Occupancy
(Including Breakfast)

Detailed Itinerary

Things to observe in Night Sky

Stars

Stars are the most abundant objects in the night sky. They appear as points of light and come in various colors, sizes, and brightness levels. Some well-known stars include Sirius, Polaris, and Vega.

Planets

Several planets in our solar system are visible with the naked eye. The five classical visible planets are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. They move relative to the background stars and have distinctive appearances.

The Moon

Earth’s natural satellite, the Moon, is a prominent object in the night sky. It goes through phases, including full moon, crescent, and gibbous phases, over the course of a month.

Galaxies

Although not visible as individual objects with the naked eye, our Milky Way galaxy is a prominent feature in the night sky. In dark, rural areas, you can see the faint band of the Milky Way arching across the sky.

Nebulae

Nebulae are clouds of gas and dust in space. Some, like the Orion Nebula, can be seen with the naked eye as faint, fuzzy patches. Telescopes reveal more details and colors.

Star Clusters

Star clusters are groups of stars that are gravitationally bound. Open clusters, like the Pleiades, are loose associations of stars, while globular clusters are tight-knit groups found around the galactic center.

Asteroids and Comets

Occasionally, comets and asteroids become visible in the night sky, especially when they pass close to Earth. Comets often have bright tails, while asteroids appear as moving points of light.

Meteor Showers

Meteor showers occur when Earth passes through the debris left by comets. During these events, you can see numerous meteors or “shooting stars” streaking across the sky.

Satellites

Artificial satellites, including the International Space Station (ISS), are visible as moving points of light as they pass overhead. They often move steadily across the sky in a straight line.

Constellations

Constellations are patterns of stars that form recogniza- ble shapes or figures in the sky. Examples include Orion, Ursa Major (the Big Dipper), and Cassiopeia.

Double Stars

Some stars appear close to each other in the sky and can be resolved as distinct pairs through telescopes. These are known as double stars or binary stars.

Safety, Health, and Environment Policy for Camping

At Nakshatra Sabha (George Everest Peak, Mussoorie) we are committed to providing a safe, healthy, and environmentally sustainable camping experience for all visitors. Our Safety, Health, and Environment (SHE) policy outlines our dedication to ensuring the well-being of campers and the protection of the natural surroundings.

Safety

Alcohol Policy

Alcohol consumption is strictly prohibited within the premises of Nakshatra Sabha (George Everest Peak, Mussoorie). This policy is in place to ensure the safety and well-being of all campers, as alcohol consumption can increase the risk of accidents and disruptive behavior. Campers found violating this policy may be subject to penalties or expulsion from the campsite.

Substance-Free Policy

The use, possession, or distribution of alcohol, drugs, or any other intoxicating substances is strictly prohibited within the premises of  Nakshatra Sabha (George Everest Peak, Mussoorie). This policy is in place to ensure the safety, health, and enjoyment of all campers. Violation of this policy may result in immediate expulsion from the campsite.

Do’s and Don’t

Frequently Asked Questions

Understand the importance of eye safety when observing the Sun.
Identify and describe basic features of the Sun, such as sunspots, solar flares, and prominences.
Appreciate the Sun’s role in the solar system and its influence on Earth’s climate and environment.
Recognize the differences between observing the Sun directly and indirectly through solar goggles.

Learn about indirect methods, such as using pinhole projectors or solar projection devices, to safely observe the Sun.
Understand how these methods work by projecting the Sun’s image onto a surface.
Compare and contrast the advantages and limitations of indirect observation methods compared to direct viewing.
Gain insights into the principles of optics and light projection.

Explore the use of telescopes equipped with solar filters for direct observation of the Sun.
Identify and study finer details on the solar surface, including granulation and limb darkening.
Understand the importance of specialized filters in protecting both the observer and the equipment.
Discuss the technology behind solar filters and their role in enhancing solar observations.

Gain an understanding of specialized filters, such as H-alpha filters, used in solar astronomy.
Observe solar features specific to the H-alpha wavelength, such as solar flares, filaments, and prominences.
Learn about the physics behind H-alpha emission in the solar atmosphere.
Appreciate the advanced techniques and equipment used in professional solar astronomy.

Learn to identify major constellations, stars, planets, and other celestial objects visible in the night sky.
Understand the significance of celestial coordinates (right ascension and declination) in locating objects.
Develop observational skills to recognize patterns and features in the night sky.
Understanding Celestial Motions:
Gain insights into the apparent motion of celestial objects due to Earth’s rotation and orbit.
Observe the rising and setting of celestial objects and understand their daily and seasonal variations.
Learn about the concept of apparent magnitude and how it relates to the brightness of stars and other celestial bodies.

Explore the cultural significance of celestial objects in different civilizations and historical periods.
Discuss ancient myths, legends, and astronomical traditions associated with stars, constellations, and celestial events.
Appreciate the contributions of astronomers throughout history to our understanding of

Learn to use sky maps, charts, and astronomy apps to navigate & locate celestial objects.

Understand the use of telescopes, binoculars, and other instruments for sky observation.

Develop practical skills in adjusting telescope, focusing, and tracking celestial objects.

Foster an appreciation for the beauty and majesty of the night sky and its importance for human culture and well-being.

Understand the impact of light pollution on astronomical observations and ecosystems.

Learn about initiatives for dark sky conservation and sustainable lighting practices.

Learn about the principles of aerodynamics, including lift, drag, thrust, and air pressure.

Understand how air pressure differences inside and outside the rocket contribute to its propulsion and flight.

Practical Application of Newton’s Laws:

Apply Newton’s laws of motion to understand the forces acting on the rocket during launch and flight.

Explore concepts such as action and reaction (Newton’s third law) in the context of rocket propulsion.

Design and construct rockets using various materials and configurations.

Experiment with different rocket designs, nozzle shapes, and air pressure levels to optimize performance.

Collect and analyze data on factors influencing rocket flight, such as launch angle, air pressure, and payload weight.

Identify challenges and constraints in rocket design and operation.

Engage in iterative design processes to improve rocket performance based on trial and error, data analysis, and feedback.

Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through troubleshooting and refining rocket designs.

Learn and adhere to safety protocols for handling compressed air, launching rockets, and conducting experiments.

Understand the potential risks associated with rocket launches and implement appropriate safety measures to mitigate them.

Collaborate with peers in designing, building, and launching rockets.

Practice effective communication, delegation, and teamwork skills to achieve goals.