Black rock Observatory - Photos by Tom Varden.

Black rock Observatory – Photos by Tom Varden.

Burning Man 2015. If stars can watch us from above, this year the free spirits of Burning Man can look back to the universe thanks to the Black Rock Observatory by Desert Wizards of Mars.

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At the temporary tent/metropolis of Black Rock City in Nevada, U.S., the astronomical planetarium designed by architect Gregg Fleishman will invite Burners to look up and plunge up into the starry nights of Nevada’s Black Rock desert… To see things that people… could hardly imagine.

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From the lava channels on the Moon to the Orion Nebula… But also the rings and moons of Saturn, distant star-birth regions, galaxies with a trillion stars and supernova remnants.

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Black Rock Observatory consists of two 6-metres-high domes built with interlocking CNC-cut plywood plus steel and  canvas domes inhabited by instruments for viewing and sensing the universe.

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The Macro Dome huoses a hand-made giant Newtonian telescope to search the universe at large. The Micro Dome hosts lectures, art and activities focusing on the small universe.

Our telescope is a design created by Isaac Newton 346 years ago in 1668. His telescope was 6 inches wide and 2 inches in diameter” Say at Desert Wizards of Mars.

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Ours will stand 9 feet tall and 20 inches in diameter; it will provide views that will expand minds, widen perspectives and open consciousness. Viewers will take home memories of distant vistas reserved only for a select few”.

Black rock Observatory - Courtesy of Desert Wizards of Mars.

Black rock Observatory – Courtesy of Desert Wizards of Mars.

Burning Man festival takes place in the temporary metropolis of Black Rock City and can be actually seen from space. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign and the Burning Man community, from august 30 to september 7, Desert Wizards of Mars will gaze at the stars again.