The Doctor opens a stargazing festival to welcome the cool breeze. Fully equipped with telescopes for free viewing every Saturday. Ready to open the Geminid meteor shower timeline.
The National Institute for Astronomical Research (public institution) (Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation) invites you to prepare for stargazing in the winter. The first event will start on November 3, 2023. “The Star Festival has opened… Welcome the cool breeze. On the night during the year when Jupiter is closest to Earth,” it opens for stargazing every Saturday night at 5 locations, including Sirindhorn Astronomical Park, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai Province, and the Chaloem Phrakiyat Observatory in Nakhon Ratchasima, Chachoengsao. Songkhla The newest “Observatory in Honor of the Seventh Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King, Khon Kaen”
Mr. Suparrek Krohannon, Director of the Center for Astronomical Services and Communication of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, revealed that during the winter in Thailand the sky has good visibility and is suitable for stargazing. Especially in the northern region, it is time to open the stargazing season every Saturday again at Sirindhorn Astronomical Park, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai Province, and this year it is preparing to open the service. The “Khon Kaen 7th Birthday Anniversary Observatory” is located in Khoyan Ubonrat Sub-District, Ubonrat District, Khon Kaen Province, in the Planetarium and Observatory Department. This winter, there are many interesting celestial objects and astronomical phenomena that you can see, such as Jupiter, Saturn and the Leonid meteor shower. The Geminid meteor shower and the full moon is at the farthest point from Earth during the year, and so on. Therefore, the DDS administration is preparing to organize various astronomical activities during this period as follows:
1) Opening of the Star Festival…Getting the cool breeze and on the night of Jupiter’s closest to Earth of the year, Friday, November 3, 2023 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM, the first stargazing activity of the winter. It comes with the phenomenon of “Jupiter is closest to Earth during the year.” Look at Jupiter through a telescope. See the beauty of cloud clusters, the Great Red Spot and the Moon, and listen to a special talk revealing the interesting astronomical activities and phenomena that will occur throughout the festival. Participation is free and there is no fee.
2) The Geminid meteor shower on the night of the 14th – the morning of December 15, 2023. Monitoring of the phenomenon begins at 8:00 pm until dawn. The maximum rate of incidence is about 120-150 stars/hour. Come join us in counting the meteor shower. View celestial objects through a telescope at Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai Province, and the 7th Annual Christmas Observatory, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chachoengsao, Songkhla, and Khon Kaen. Participation is free and there are no fees.
3) Starry Night Over Bangkok Look at the stars in the city centre, Saturday 23 December 2023, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Penjaketi Park, Bangkok. Enjoy the experience of viewing stars and celestial bodies through a telescope in the heart of Bangkok. Find the stars hidden between the skyscrapers. Learn the basics of stargazing through a smartphone app with a professional stargazer. Ready to collect images of the moon through your smartphone from various types of telescopes. Joining is free, there is no fee.
4) Narit Night at the Museum 2023, December 23-24, 2023, 6:00-10:00 PM, exhibition opening. Special Night Planetarium and Stargazing Activities Experience learning about astronomy at night. And to celebrate Christmas among the stars you can meet at the Sirindhorn Astronomical Park, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai Province, and the Chaloem Phrakiat Observatory in Nakhon Ratchasima, Chachoengsao, Songkhla and Khon Kaen. Participation is free and there are no fees.
5) TNO Open House: Open House at the National Observatory. I invite you to experience telescope technology. With a diameter of 2.4 metres, it is the largest and youngest in Southeast Asia. And watching the planets through a 1-meter telescope at the seventh birthday celebration of His Majesty the King’s Observatory (National Observatory) in Doi Intanon National Park in Chiang Mai Province, in addition to visiting the offices of astronomers, which was held twice, the first time on Saturday, January 6, 2024 and the second time on Saturday. February 3, 2024. Quantities are limited, only 120 people at a time. Application fee is 300 baht per person. *Applications are open for both times on November 3, 2023 via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NARITPage (during the live broadcast at 8:00 PM onwards)
6) NARIT AstroFest 2024, an astronomy festival, Saturday, January 13, 2024, from 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM, full of astronomical activities on National Children’s Day. There is only once a year that Sirindhorn Astronomical Park is open. Visit the Advanced Astronomy Technology Laboratory Experience the research work of astronomers in various fields and stand a chance to win special souvenirs. And many educational astronomy media at this event. Regional sections can be found at the observatory held in honor of the seventh anniversary of the birth of His Majesty the King in Nakhon Ratchasima, Chachoengsao, Songkhla and Khon Kaen. Entry is free and at no cost.
7) Stargazing Night, Saturday, January 13, 2024, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, is the first time for Thai people to look up at the sky and see the stars together all over the country. Establishing a telescope to observe celestial bodies. The winter constellations include the Moon in the early evening, Saturn, Jupiter, and the Andromeda Galaxy. A nebula in the Orion constellation and various star clusters throughout the sky, providing services throughout Thailand led by the NARIT Observatory, a school in the Astronomy Network. Thailand’s dark sky protected areas have more than hundreds of observation points combined. join for free. There are no fees.
8) Dark Sky Star Party, an amazing stargazing trip, Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Pha Tim National Park, Ubon Ratchathani Province. Enjoy the magic of the night sky. In the Dark Sky Park area, which has one of the best sky views in Thailand. With a convoy of more than half a hundred telescopes from amateur astronomers and an astronomy network with various astronomical activities, a history of watching nature at night, and an astronomical photography workshop. Joining is free and there is no cost.
9) Narit Public Night: Stargazing every Saturday night. Stargazing activities for the public View celestial objects through a 0.7 meter telescope and a variety of smaller telescopes. Willing to provide basic stars. Every Saturday night from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM for free! There is no cost.