Arizona & New Mexico Skies Tour

Sept 27 - Oct 05, 2016

Arizona and New Mexico's breathtaking landscape
The VLA Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array.
Let MWT guide you through Arizona & New Mexico skies.
Visit Observatories and Telescopes
with Private Tours including exclusive access to telescopes
Kitt Peak, Lowell Observatory, VLA, UofA SkyCenter including Mirror Labs and more....
with guest lecturer Randy Attwood - Executive Director, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Tucson, AZ
Your tour begins in Tucson, where great astronomical research continues to explore new vistas for the next generation of astronomers. Join MWT Tour Director for Welcome Orientation Dinner tonight. D

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Kitt Peak Observatory
After breakfast enjoy the Southwest scenery as you drive up the slopes of Quinlan Mountains in the Arizona-Sonoran Desert to Kitt Peak National Observatory, home of the largest array of optical and radio telescopes in the world and the Tohono O’odham Nation. Tour the Mayall 4-meter optical telescope and the Solar Telescopes. B/L

Thursday, September 29, 2016 UofA Mirror Lab & Sky Center
The University of Arizona is ranked #1 among observational, theoretical and space astronomy programs in the U.S Visit the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab. The tour provides insight to the cutting edge astronomical research and technology involving in making the next generation of telescopes that will explore deep into outer space. Visit the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter for a private tour and view through the center’s 32-inch Shulman Telescope during the after-dark program B/L

Friday, September 30, 2016   Tucson - Flagstaff
On route to Flagstaff, continue to the artist colony of Sedona, which is surrounded by beautiful, towering red rock formations. A stop for lunch and time to explore a few of Sedona’s art galleries. Continue through a spectacular 12 mile-long chasm of Oak Creek Canyon for a relaxing two night stay in Flagstaff. B/L

Saturday, October 1, 2016 Lowell Observatory
Today meet for an astronomical seminar. After lunch the journey ventures up Mars Hill to Percival Lowell’s Historic Lowell Observatory. Visit the 24” Alvan Clark refractor and the Pluto Discovery telescope along with the 4.3 meter Discovery Channel Telescope. After stargazing tonight return to the hotel. B/D

Sunday, October 2, 2016 Arizona Meteor Crater & Canyon de Chelly
Today the tour continues toward Chinle with a stop at the Arizona Meteor Crater, which impacted over 50,000 years ago. After viewing the film “Collisions and Impacts”, take a walk around the top of the 550 feet deep caldera. A rest stop will be at the oldest, continuously operating trading post of the Navajo Nations, the Hubbell Trading Post. Upon arrival explore Canyon de Chelly, where sheer sandstone walls rise up to 1,000 feet, several scenic overlooks, many well-preserved ruins. The pre-historic Anasazi, the Hopi and the Navajo all dwelled here. Canyon de Chelly National Monument is now entirely Navajo tribal trust land with a resident community within the canyons. . B/L/D

Monday, October 3, 2016 Very Large Array
In route to Albuquerque we continue south to Socorro and the Very Large Array , one of the world's premier astronomical radio observatories, consisting of 27 radio antennas on the Plains of San Agustin. Each antenna is 85 feet in diameter set on railroad tracks laid out in a Y. The data from the antennas is combined electronically to give the resolution of an antenna 22 miles across, with the sensitivity of the dish 422 feet in diameter.B/L/D

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Albuquerque Balloon Festival
Bring your cameras out for the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival this morning. Later today stroll around Old Town Albuquerque before wine tasting this afternoon. B/D

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Albuquerque Balloon Festival
Bring your cameras out for the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival this morning. Later today stroll around Old Town Albuquerque before wine tasting this afternoon. B


Your Tour Includes

• Accommodations: 3-nights Tucson, 2-nights Flagstaff, 1-night Chinle, 2-nights Albuquerque
• Meals: All breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
• Visits: Kitt Peak National Observatory, Mount Lemmon SkyCenter, Lowell Observatory, Arizona Meteor Crater, VLA
• Sightseeing: Sedona, Canyon de Chelly, Hot Air Balloon Festival
• Fully escorted and scientific guides
• Astronomical Lectures & Stargazing


Canyon De Chelly Through Navajo Eyes


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