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Astronomy Travel

The ASP is pleased to partner with MWT Associates in their unique astronomy-focused tours and expeditions – a travel experience enriched by the expertise and knowledge of a distinguished lecture team. Please review their upcoming trips below, and follow this link for more details and booking information.

As a corporate partner, MWT Associates makes a profound investment in education via ASP programs and services. We are very grateful to them, and encourage you to support all of ASP’s corporate partners. When you do, you join in our mission to foster science literacy through astronomy for tomorrow’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leaders.

2014 Destinations

Churchill: Polar Bears, Northern Lights, Hudson Bay Train
October 25 – November 1, 2014

The Churchill Polar Bear adventure takes place in October during the prime time when the polar bears gather in large numbers to begin their annual hunt. From Winnipeg to Churchill ride on board Via Rail’s Hudson Bay train for two nights. Joined by scientist and astronomer, Dr. Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute, you will experience Polar Bear viewing from the comfort of the Tundra Buggy. Space fills very quickly for this small boutique tours. This is a true Arctic adventure not to be missed.

Norway Northern Lights Cruise
November 7 – 17, 2014

Experience the Norway’s aurora oval as you cruise aboard the MS POLARLYS from Kirkenes to Bergen. 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 pre-tour in Kirkenes will afford optional cultural and historical adventures including a King Crab feast and snowmobiling northern lights hunt. There is a one-night stay in Bergen, post-cruise, in the historic Bryggen waterfront. The cruise is highlighted with lectures by astronomers, Fred Espenak and Dennis Mammana.

2015 Destinations

Alaska: Aurora Borealis with Sky Photographer Dennis Mammana
Mary 7-13, 2015

Join sky photographer, Dennis Mammana, in the hot spot for auroras at Chena Hot Springs, Alaska. Located in a 40-square mile geo-thermal resource area, the springs were discovered in 1905 by prospectors. Today Chena offers gold in the form of a dark sky opportunity for the northern lights.

The Great Faroe Islands Spring Equinox Total Eclipse Tour
March 14 – 23, 2015

The Faroe Islands have been awarded the highest rating for “Environmental quality, sociological and cultural integrity” by National Geographic. The fantastic landscape of small islands and green mountains are linked by modern undersea tunnels, bridges and ferries. The eclipse of March 20, 2015 will cross these unspoiled islands where the cliffs along the fjords are filled with over 260 species of birds, with 40 remaining in the Faroe Islands year round. The old Faroe houses, as their Norwegian Viking ancestors once built, are typically black with turfed roofs insulating against the Nordic weather. Prior to traveling to the Faroe Islands, the eclipse tour begins with three nights in the moss covered lava fields of Iceland, where you will also experience many of nature’s grandeur with the aurora borealis, geysers and some of the 15,000 waterfalls. Our distinguished team of experts will offer astronomical lectures. No background in science will be necessary. We invite you to many great experiences in these small islands of the North Atlantic.

Chile’s Giant Telescopes
June 16 – 26, 2015

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 and Southern Cross. The tour visits two telescopes: Cerro Tololo and Paranal with cultural sites along the way, including wine tasting, meteorite museum, El Tatio Geysers. The team of astronomy experts will offer their expertise. No background in science is expected.

Galapagos Islands Cruise
September 6 – 14, 2015

The archipelago of the Galapagos Islands, born from volcanoes, offers abundance of wildlife and a rare wilderness that was isolated from the mainland for millions of years. Cruise the pristine islands and walk among colonies of animals and birds unfazed by humans. Observe the giant tortoises. Snorkel amid shimmering fish, sea turtles, and penguins and explore the crystal waters by kayaking or swimming.

2016 Destinations

The Great Java Sea Total Solar Eclipse
February 27 – March 10, 2016

The Great Java Sea Total Eclipse 2016 offers diversity of astronomy, the majestic Borobudur temples and the wild nature of Borneo. The ornate temples of Borobudur and Prambanan are the most photographed in the world. Borneo’s Tanjung Puting National Park has the largest wild but gentle orangutan population with nine species of primates, three species of primates endemic to Borneo and two hundred and thirty species of birds. Belitung Island affords snorkeling or diving in the clear, turquoise Java Sea. Here in this exotic island setting is the 2016 total eclipse path and captivating crimson sunsets. Distinguished astronomical lecturers along with the naturalists will guide you through the total eclipse tour. No background in science is expected