DOWN TO EARTH ASTRONOMY

NIGHT SKY SAFARI

experience the big 5 of the night sky

Look around you. Signs of the cosmos are everywhere, embodied in everything from spiral galaxies to snails, and even our own DNA. They all follow the same logarithmic spiral. Physics applies to everything – big and small. Every civilization tells tales of the night sky, with artists getting inspiration from it to form pictures of the heavens.

At Bliss & Stars, we serve “Down-to-Earth” astronomy. We deliver experiences of all shapes and sizes, such as astronomy photography courses, introductory / advanced stargazing experiences and retreats that connect mindfulness and astronomy.

HEINE RASMUSSEN, CO-FOUNDER

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

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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. Even farmers have used stars as signals for when to seed or harvest crops. Bright stars tell incredible tales of gods and fables, handed down from one generation to the next.
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 all look at the same moon, and the stars we see today look almost identical to those witnessed by the world’s first humans.

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.

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 calls for romantic and memorable moments and the large telescopes at our Observatory will take you on a journey into the deep space.

The Bliss & Stars Observatory has 4 permanent telescopes. The telescope’s apertures are ranging from 5 in to 20 in and focal lengths between 650 mm to 3050 mm. As a supplement, good camera lenses are handy for wide-field pictures of the Cederberg skies.
We have telescopes for visual observations providing spectacular views of the craters on the moon, the ring of Saturn, star clusters, and for astrophotography capable of capturing world-class images of faraway galaxies and colorful nebulas using advanced cameras and filters.

The spacious observatory will give you out of this world views of the universe.
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EXPLORE OUR ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY

See the latest astronomy photos 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
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