This traveling proposal is aimed at all people who wish to observe the sky, visually or photographically from a privileged location: Lake Turkana (formerly Rodolfo Lake) in the far north of Kenya, one of the most unique regions of the Rift Valley. From our location, only 4º above the terrestrial Ecuador we can explore with comfort both hemispheres, but above all the celestial regions forbidden to the observers of our middle latitudes.
From the ObservatoriAstronòmic del Garraf and the International Tourism Area Experiential we have developed all the necessary logistics, with the support of the Misiones de San Pablo Apóstol Community, with our own facilities and years of experience in the development of social projects in the Turkana region. While we conduct our observation sessions, we can also get into the knowledge of its inhabitants and their culture. In some aspects it is an immersion in what was once the Neolithic revolution, in a steppe landscape landscape on horseback between two continental plates. Also with our trip we collaborate in the development of the region, one of the most needy in East Africa.
We all know that the traveling astronomer does not feel like moving his instruments every night, especially if it is heavy material. On this occasion, the trip-expedition has the base camp in the small town of Narikotome, where we can install our equipment without having to move them (or save them after the observations). We will have a remarkable amount of business hours to explore the wonders of the southern sky. The exceptional globular clusters of the Centaur and Tucan, the Magellanic Clouds, our satellite galaxies, the Sailing Hydrogen regions, the closest (and multiple) star to Earth, Alpha of the Centaur and much more. Fans of solar observation can complete the night programs with an almost zenith sun, in very transparent skies.
In the entire nearby region there are no traces of any city or urban lights, only small native populations. At night, total darkness. The Astronomical Observatory of Garraf and VIVENTIAL TOURISM already have experience in this region through their travels. Away from the massive tourist routes, this is an extraordinary corner.
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