Alila Jabal Akhdar has introduced the most out-of-this-world experience (quite literally) with their newest stargazing tour. Discover the wonders of our solar system with this star-studded spectacle. Visiting other planets may well be just beyond reach, but viewing them certainly isn’t.
Alila Jabal Akhdar offers some of the clearest nighttime views of the stars, moon and planets, making it a paradise for celestial enthusiasts and avid stargazers. Learn about the galaxies, nebula, clusters and supernova remnants, and see the treasures of the night sky. You will also be shown how to set up a telescope correctly before peeking through the lens and then photographing some of these magnificent sights.
Self-described rock collector and stargazer Dr. Nathaniel Butterworth – who leads the stargazing and geological experiences at Alila – received his Honours degree in Astrophysics from the University of Wollongong (Australia), where he measured the distances to stars in the heavens. He then turned his attention to the rocks beneath his feet and received a PhD from the University of Sydney by studying the way the Earth’s continents move over millions of years.
At Alila Jabal Akhdar, you can enjoy the thrill of exploring the heavens in two astronomy experiences:
Daytime Solar Viewing
See the sun like never before with solar viewing on the sundeck, where you can safely observe the sun through a special solar telescope as our resident astronomer answers all your cosmic questions!
- Time: 2pm – 3:30pm from Wednesday – Sunday
- Cost: Free
- Location: Sundeck
Night Sky Telescope Tours
From Islamic scholars to astronauts, learn about ancient stories of the night sky, the different constellations, and how people have found their way in the universe. Spend time with your astral guide observing the moon, planets, stars and galaxies through a telescope. Ask questions about the big bang, cosmic dark matter and time travel. Come on a journey through the evolution of our universe as we tell a story with the sky above us. Bring along your SLR camera to learn how to capture amazing images of the beautiful Jabal Akhdar night sky.
- Time: 1 hour after sunset, and repeated 2.5 hours after sunset. Available from Wednesday – Sunday
- Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Cost: Free (please confirm your spot and the seasonal time with reception)
- Location: Meet at reception before we walk out to our telescope viewing area
For reservations, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, OR call: +968 2534 4200