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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.

2018 Destinations

Alaska: Aurora Borealis with Sky Photographer Dennis Mammana
March 18 – 24, 2018

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.

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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.

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Southern France, including
French Pyrenees Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees
September 3 – September 11, 2018

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.

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Christmas and New Year’s in Paris
December 28, 2018 – January 2, 2019

The City of Lights sparkles with extraordinary adornments at Christmas. Join Opera San Jose as we visit the legendary Opéra GarnierMusée d’OrsayVaux-le-Vicomte, and many more. Dine in the storied brasseries and view the great masters of art as only Paris museums can offer. OSJ’s, General Director, Larry Hancock, will highlight with stories of the opera in Paris.

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2019 Destinations

Iceland: Northern Lights and Lava Fields
March 22 – 28, 2019

Travel with astronomical friends from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific to the far north for a winter’s night tour in search of the aurora borealis on our 18th tour to Iceland. Dr. Linda Shore, Executive Director will be our distinguished speaker on tour.

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Chile Total Eclipse
Great Chile Total Eclipse & Giant Telescopes
June 22 – July 4, 2019

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.

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