Astronomy

DOWN TO EARTH ASTRONOMY

NIGHT SKY SAFARI

Experience the big 5 of the night sky

At Bliss & Stars, we believe in “Down-to-Earth” astronomy.

Look around you. Signs of the cosmos are everywhere, embodied in everything from vast galaxies to tiny snails.The cosmos is even deeply embedded in our DNA.

Physics applies to everything – big and small. Every civilization tells tales of the night sky. Artists have used the sky for hundreds of years as inspiration to craft pictures of the heavens.

We deliver experiences of all shapes and sizes, such as astronomy photography courses, introductory/advanced stargazing experiences, and retreats.

PLEIADES, SEVEN SISTERS BY HEINE RASMUSSEN

THE TALES OF THE UNIVERSE

Throughout history, humanity has turned to the night sky as a primary source of worldly inspiration. The cosmos is the world’s most significant compass, storyteller, calendar, and timekeeper. Sailors and wanderers from far and wide have used the stars to reach their destinations. Countless generations have used the stars to tell incredible tales and fables of the gods they worshipped. Even farmers have used stars as signals for when to seed or harvest crops.

Not only have the stars fueled our dreams and stories, but the cosmos continues to flow through our veins today. We are, quite literally, built from the debris of dying stars.

We ask the same questions they did, turning to the stars for answers. Modern astronomy is no different, analyzing the cosmos in pursuit of dark energy and the theory of everything.

HEINE RASMUSSEN, CO-FOUNDER

"Nothing connects us with others and the universe like a night sky. Don't forget to look up."

BLISS & STARS OBSERVATORY

The absence of light pollution and the abundance of clear nights makes Bliss & Stars a great location for stargazing and astrophotography. Naked eye stargazing with beautiful backdrops allows the most romantic and memorable moments. Or, for a better view, our observatory’s massive telescopes can take you on a journey into deep space.

The Bliss & Stars Observatory has 4 permanent telescopes. The telescopes’ apertures range from 5 inches to 20 inches and focal lengths between 650 mm to 3050 mm. As an added bonus, high quality camera lenses are available for wide-field pictures of the Cederberg skies.

Our telescopes provide spectacular views of the moon’s craters, the rings of Saturn, beautiful star clusters, and our astrophotography is capable of capturing world-class images of faraway galaxies and colorful nebulas using advanced cameras and filters.

EXPLORE OUR ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY

See the latest astrophotography by Bliss & Stars. 

The Trifid Nebula , M20 by Heine Wieben Rasmussen
THE TRIFID NEBULA
Andromeda Galaxy_photo by Heine Rasmussen
ANDROMEDA GALAXY
TRIANGLUM GALAXY M33 BY HEINE RASMUSSEN
TRIANGULAR GALAXY
Wizard Nebula
WIZARD NEBULA
EAGLE NEBULA
EAGLE NEBULA
Ghost Nebula by Heine Rasmussen
GHOST NEBULA
comet SWAN, photo by Heine Wieben Rasmussen
SWAN COMET
PINWHEEL GALAXY
PINWHEEL NEBULA
PLEIADES, SEVEN SISTERS BY HEINE RASMUSSEN
PLEIADES