The 2017 total solar eclipse path crosses some of North America’s most rugged and most beautiful landscapes. Take a ride on the river-of-no- return as you jet boat through Hells Canyon down the Snake River and white water raft a full day on the Salmon River. Explore America’s greatest parks: Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.
The team of astronomical lecturers will guide you through the USA northwest night sky as you travel the Old West with hip cowboy roundups, rushing rivers and stunning National Parks.
No background in science is expected.
Lured by patriotism and a better life, pioneers and adventurers lashed down the covered wagons and headed to the Pacific Northwest. Explorers Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their Indigenous American guide, Sacajawea, cruised the Columbia River and marked the beauty of this new land. On August 19 - 26, 2017 Columbia River Total Eclipse Cruise astronomers will ply this route, roundtrip from Portland, Oregon, aboard an 88-guest replica coastal steamer. On August 21st eclipse day, we will disembark and travel south to the eclipse path for viewing.
Experience Norway’s auroral oval as you cruise aboard the newly refurbished Expedition ship MS Nordnorge north from Bergen to Kirkenes and return to Tromso for two nights northern lights hunt. Photograph the rainbow, colored curtains as they roll and wave across the dark, canvas sky overhead. During the day visit the picturesque waterfront villages and towns. The two nights stopover in Tromso will afford optional cultural and historical adventures including the northern lights hunt.
Savor the excellence of the London stage and conversations with Larry Hancock on a Victorian Christmastime & Theatre visit to London. Experience the locales of Handel and Hendrix and the traditions of Queen Victoria’s time. Included are historic tours to London’s iconic sites, early entrance for the Crown Jewels at the Tower, private tour of Handel and Hendricks’ homes. As you explore this historic city visit the many galleries and museums that highlight the art and history of this “island home”. Three theatre performances are included with optional tickets available.
Immerse yourself in Lapland as we continue our hunt for the Northern Lights. You'll see the sights of Helsinki and then travel north to the Province of Lapland for exciting excursions during the day and search for the northern lights where there are 10 times as many sightings as in southern Finland.
Join MWT Associates, Inc. and night-sky photographer Dennis Mammana, for a Northern Lights adventure of a lifetime to Alaska. Fairbanks and Chena Hot Springs have some of the best opportunity for aurora viewing.
During the daytime hours, when the aurora is not visible, we’ll explore the area and will have an opportunity to participate in winter sports and learn of the ties to the gold rush history.
From San Francisco’s Golden Gate to Hawaii’s tropical isles, take an ocean voyage of your dreams on the elegant, Six-Star Crystal Symphony. Expert speakers, Drs. Michelle Thaller and Andrew Booth, NASA astronomers, will inspire your curiosity of today’s discoveries in space.
Experience the rare privilege of visiting Midi-Pyrenees historic region of Southern France… small country villages and ancient walled towns… stargaze from the French Pyrenees Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees… local food and wine to help soak up the atmosphere and stay in small country hotels in one of France’s most beautiful regions. The tour is limited to 12 - 24 guests.
Nowhere on earth is there a place more suitable for powerful astronomical ground-based observatories than Chile. The dry air of the Atacama Desert and the flat land and high mountains offer the perfect place for building these giant telescopes. Here is the center of the galaxy with the Milky Way so distinct it looks like a gossamer ribbon weaving its way past the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the Southern Cross and in 2019 the total eclipse of the Sun.
Melita Wade Thorpe
Our experts make the culture, history, art and architecture of these prime astronomical viewing regions come alive.
Our company's philosophy is simple: Take you to the very best astronomical site with the highest potential of clear skies, best weather conditions, while you enjoy a first class vacation.
I personally invite you to join the family of friends who have enjoyed our astronomical tours for 27 years. Come with us on one of these amazing astronomical journeys.
Melita Wade Thorpe
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Big Picture Science
Big Picture Science is a weekly one-hour radio program produced at the SETI Institute, and available on radio stations across the US and as a podcast everywhere. Listen to this week's episode at BigPictureScience.org
Lick Observatory is located on the summit of Mount Hamilton, California, roughly 20 miles east of San Jose. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open to the public year-round. The observatory also offers members an opportunity to participate in the Lick community and enjoy special connections with the telescopes, scientists, and science programs.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
ASP is a scientific and educational organization, founded in San Francisco on February 7, 1889. Its name derives from its origins on the Pacific Coast, but today it has members all over the country and the world.
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
With a rich history going back to 1868, RASC is Canada's leading astronomy organization bringing together over 5,000 enthusiastic amateurs, educators, and professionals.