The outer and endless expanse of the dark space has always been a topic of immense curiosity for most of us. The very thought and the idea that what lies beyond acts as a catalyst of tireless and unending thought spirals in our minds giving rise to various theories and beliefs.
It is true that somewhere in our hearts, we all want to experience and get to know how all this came into in its existence which gives rise to the ultimate question - “How the universe was born?”
However, if not in reality, then one can have the chance to experience the universe by visiting space observatories, planetariums etc. Seeing the wide expanse of the star-lit sky here is not less than an experience of a lifetime.
And in India, there are certain places which are open to visitors for stargazing and encouraging Astro-tourism in India. Let’s explore them.
Aryabhatta Astronomical Observatory, Nainital
Uncovering the layers of the night sky with patience is probably one of the most interactive experiences which you could ever have and remember for a very long time. From this observatory, you can even see the rings of Jupiter. Situated at Manora peak, this autonomous institution works under the department of science and technology, govt of India. This museum is open to the public on all days, and special permission is required for night-time shows.
Astronomical Observatory, Ladakh
This astronomical observatory is also operated and managed by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. Currently, it is the ninth highest observatory which is located at an elevation of 4,500 metres. Standing on Mt. Saraswati, it would take atleast 10 hours to drive to this place from Leh. It is the second-highest astronomical tower in the world. This site has got 2 telescopes namely Himalayan Chandra Telescope and the other one is High altitude gamma-ray telescope.
Vainu Bappu Observatory, Kavalur