Our Featured Tours


Big Game, Meteorites, Fossils & a Billion Stars

May 14 to May 31, 2017

Namibia, the land of dark skies, space, and silence, is an ageless land, visible through the heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists and geological sites. Whether staying at a remote lodge or on safari, see the large desert-adapted elephants and black rhino, birdlife of some 660 species of birds and so much more in Namibia, where wildlife is more of a punctuation.

Grand Tetons

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse Tour

August 14 - 23, 2017

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.

Steamship on Columbia

The Great Oregon Total Solar Eclipse Cruise

August 19 - 26, 2017

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.

Northern Lights from ondeck

Norway Northern Lights Cruise

Norwegian Coast Line, Bergen to Tromso

November 28 - December 8, 2017

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.

Keck observatory

Hawai'i 2018 Voyage

Roundtrip San Francisco to Hawai'i

July 15 - 31, 2018

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.

Melita Wade Thorpe

Melita Wade Thorpe

MWT Associates, Inc. specializes in astronomical cruises and tours and exciting astronomical vacations. We plan and organize travel arrangements to far away places such as the Outback of Australia to the Atacama Desert of Chile to safaris in Zambia and Zimbabwe. These destinations require special expertise and advanced planning coordinating the astronomical event.

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
Founder and President


Skal International San Francisco
Doing Business Among Friends
Past President - 2009-10

Our Partners in Science

Keck Observatory

Keck Observatory

From the summit of Hawaii’s dormant Mauna Kea volcano, astronomers at the W. M. Keck Observatory probe the local and distant Universe with unprecedented power and precision.
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Big Picture Science

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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


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.
Lick Observatory

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.