OUR JOURNEY

The Big Bang
First One Up!

First One Up!

The raising of the first of 11 slivers that compose the dome. (Alexandra Edwards)

A Family Affair

A Family Affair

Café/Bar manager Soraya Riroroko cheers on her brother Kai. (Alexandra Edwards)

Assessing the Work

Assessing the Work

Edmundo and Mara evaluate the progress of the construction. (Alexandra Edwards)

Beyond the Rafters

Beyond the Rafters

Getting the slivers up there... (Alexandra Edwards)

Cubist Spectacle

Cubist Spectacle

Sawing on the rooftops. (Alexandra Edwards)

Solo Cowboy

Solo Cowboy

Our nephew Mako Riroroko chips in. (Alexandra Edwards)

Many Hands Make Light Work

Many Hands Make Light Work

Cristián Vidal lends a hand. It looked easy from down below... It wasn't. (Alexandra Edwards)

A Pause

A Pause

Kai Riroroko takes a short break. (Alexandra Edwards)

Inside Out

Inside Out

Peko Riroroko and his nephew Mako joining the slivers together. (Alexandra Edwards)

Double the Fun

Double the Fun

Two generations of the same family collaborate together. (Alexandra Edwards)

Silhouette

Silhouette

Joining the peaks together. (Alexandra Edwards)

A Small Step...

A Small Step...

Stepping into gear. (Alexandra Edwards)

Almost There

Almost There

Just three slivers to go! (Alexandra Edwards)

Up and Up

Up and Up

Peko sets up for the next one. (Alexandra Edwards)

Leadership at Work

Leadership at Work

Cristián Vidal addresses his team. (Alexandra Edwards)

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Well, ladder, but still... (Alexandra Edwards)

Joining the Last Sliver

Joining the Last Sliver

This sliver was by far the hardest one to put up! (Alexandra Edwards)

Domo Complete

Domo Complete

The dome stands finished. (Alexandra Edwards)

Terrace Bar

Terrace Bar

Because you didn't think we'd forget to have a bar, did you? (Alexandra Edwards)

Barfly?

Barfly?

The only thing he's missing is a telescope. (Alexandra Edwards)

Our Bright Stars

YURI BELETSKY

King of the Night

King of the Night

Calm night when only the moai and the fishermen are awake as Orion and Sirius shine above them.

Moai Rainbow

Moai Rainbow

Cloudy night sky and rising Moon produce a spectacular game of coulours at Rano Raraku,

Zodiacal Rano Kao

Zodiacal Rano Kao

Zodiacal light above the crater lake at Rano Kau. Notice the stars reflected on the water!

Pacific Sky

Pacific Sky

Fantastic atmospheric airglow phenomenon at Anakena beach.

Jupiter Rising

Jupiter Rising

Jupiter is rising just above a hill at Anakena, which was illuminated by airglow and the headlights of a car.

Polynesian Milky Way

Polynesian Milky Way

Culminating Milky Way over Anakena beach.

Silent Rapanui Night

Silent Rapanui Night

The night sky over beautiful Anakena beach.

Anakena Milky Way

Anakena Milky Way

Taken on such a calm night, only the horses could be heard making their way through this amazing scenery.

Stargazing at a Remote Beach

Stargazing at a Remote Beach

The Milky Way rising with the Southern Cross, Alpha and Beta Centauri, and the red nebula Eta Carinae (at the top) decorate the night sky.

Sleeping Giants

Sleeping Giants

The Moon and Venus setting behind the moai statues at Ahu Nau Nau.

Easter Island Night Sky

Easter Island Night Sky

Here the Milky Way appears perfectly aligned with the topography of Anakena, hitting the hill just left of Ahu Nau Nau in Anakena.

Eclipse

Eclipse

A LATAM Dreamliner 787 jet passes just in front of the Sun during takeoff from Rapa Nui to Santiago, Chile.

Great Comet of July

Great Comet of July

Ok, so Yuri takes pictures in other places too, and we couldn't leave out this picture. Comet C/2014 Q1, the Moon, and a tree captured at Valle Río Hurtado, Chile.

GUSTAVO BÓRQUEZ PAOA

E Tui

E Tui

E Tui (The expelled: the sword of Orion's Belt). Those expelled were supposedly from Hiva, the Rapanui homeland.

Mata Mea

Mata Mea

Mata Mea (Red eye: Mars). Mars marked the biennial Koro festival and, depending on viewing conditions, was generally considered a bad omen.

Matariki

Matariki

Matariki (Small eyes/Chiefly eyes: The Pleiades). This is the most important asterism in all Polynesia, marking the start of the New Year on all the different islands and even sharing cognates of the same name.

Te Mataa

Te Mataa

Te Mataa (The obsidian spearpoint: The Southern Cross). This is a prominent asterism in the Southern Hemisphere, used to find direction.

Mata Po Nui

Mata Po Nui

Mata Po Nui (The eye of the great darkness/Spiritworld: Spica).

Ko Toe Ko Peu Renga1

Ko Toe Ko Peu Renga1

Ko Toe Ko Peu Renga #1 (The wake of the fine pickaxe/energy: Menkalinan & Capella)

Ko Toe Ko Peu Renga

Ko Toe Ko Peu Renga

Ko Toe Ko Peu Renga #2 (The remnants of the fine pickaxe/energy: Menkalinan & Capella)

Nga Vaka

Nga Vaka

Nga Vaka (The canoes: Alpha and Beta Centaurii). These stars which were important for navigation, represented the two canoes used by brother and sister Hotu Matu’a and Ava Rei Pua, the legendary founders of Rapa Nui. Alpha Centauri is the third-brightest star in the night sky, after Sirius, and Canopus.

Kete

Kete

Kete (The basket: Aldebaran, Delta, Theta, & Epsilon Tauri). These 4 stars announced the start of the period of abundance.

Ko Para Tahiri

Ko Para Tahiri

Ko Para Tahiri (The war club of Tahiri: Arcturus). Arcturus is the fourth-brightest star in the night sky, after Sirius, Canopus, and Alpha Centauri.

Tau Toru

Tau Toru

Tau Toru (The beautiful three: Orion's Belt). In both Tahiti and Rapa Nui, these stars represent a man who killed his wife in a fit of jealousy, and then regretful, parted with his two children to search for her in the Spiritworld.

REPRESENTATION

INFORMATION

Vanessa Watanabe

contacto@rapanuiplanetarium.com

+ 56 9 6509 0433

SALES

Vanessa Watanabe

contacto@rapanuiplanetarium.com

+ 56 9 6509 0433

DIRECTION

Edmundo Edwards

eeastman04@gmail.com

© 2017  Alexandra Edwards  Wix.com

Background photo courtesy of Jim Richardson

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REPRESENTATION

INFORMATION

Vanessa Watanabe

contacto@rapanuiplanetarium.com

+ 56 9 6509 0433

SALES

Vanessa Watanabe

contacto@rapanuiplanetarium.com

+ 56 9 6509 0433

DIRECTION

Edmundo Edwards

eeastman04@gmail.com

© 2017  Alexandra Edwards  Wix.com

Background photo courtesy of Jim Richardson

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Mata Po Nui

Mata Po Nui (The eye of the great darkness/Spiritworld: Spica).