So where we live in Faliraki there is this astronomy café that is on top of the hill. It's like a 20-30 minute walk up there, but we decided to take the car, lazy as we are, but it was good, because I do not want to go there after dark.
We have heard about this place when we came, and also seen signs on the road there, so me and Jasmin and her cousin Jenna decided to visit it yesterday since they just opened 2 days ago. When we arrived to the top it was still sunset, and it was such a nice view over faliraki on one side and anthony quinn bay on the other. We sat down and got the menu and I decided to spoil myself with a strawberry banana milkshake ;) The man serving us was really friendly and told us that the owner who is also the guide for this tour will be with us soon. We waited for like 30 minutes til it got dark and we could see all these stars in the sky already and the half moon. There was this one bright star that I though was the star you are supposed to follow if you get lost at sea, but no, that turned out to be freaking Jupiter!!
I didn't know that what I was watching the whole time was a planet!! So cool, so even before it started I was already amazed.
Yhey had like this little garden with all these information about the stars and the planets, and greek mythology. I just felt like this was going to be my standard café ;).
Then the owner, whos name I have already forgotten since it's greek and greek names are complicated, came and greeted us. He tooks us on a little tour and then took us up in to this observatory place. In there he had this massive telescope and as he was fixing with the settings he told us all about the facts, about what you can see up in the sky and how everything worked. The coolest part was that he has never gotten any astronomy education, but this has always been his passion, and I think that is the key to learning. You really have to have the passion for it, and it rubs of on people you show your passion for.
We first started with Jupiter, which was soooo cool! You could actually see the surface on it, and also we could see 4 out of it's 67 moons! And the moons are equally as big as the earth!
After that he changed settings and showed us a star, that was shining bright, but was actually 2 stars very close to each other. And he said that every 3rd star is actually 2 stars close to each other. So cool to see.
And then, finally he zoomed in on the beautiful moon, and daaamn the light that reflects on it was so bright! You should not stare to long, because it's not good for your eye, but I was too amazed to stop looking x).
It was just so fascinating to see the moon so up close and just imagining that someone has actually been on it, walking there. Ah-mazing.
But the best part was when he said, oh give me your camera and turn of the flash, I did, and he then took a picture of the moon via the telescope and look at this beauty:
As most of you all know, I am veerry very easily impressed. Everything from big things like the fact that some has walked on the moon, to small things like how good Oscar is at parking.But this was absolutely so cool. So if you come to Rhodes, I strongly recommend that you visit the astronomy café. They also do full moon parties there! With over 300 people attending, like sign me up!