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Astronomy Travel

Astronomy Travel
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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

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

Visit Iceland

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, CEO of the ASP, 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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The Great Desert Solstice
Annular Eclipse
December 21 – 28, 2019

Watching the dawn breaking light across the sand as it changes color with the Sun’s rays is spectacular in the Qasr Al Sarab desert. The early morning annular eclipse will provide the eclipse chasers and photographers an extraordinary opportunity. Spend your Christmas holidays with our group of astronomers on this unique annular eclipse and stargazing tour to the United Arab Emirates.

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2020 Destinations

The Great Chile & Argentina 2020 Total Eclipse
December 10-24, 2020

Southern Chile and Argentina offer the majestic Andes Mountains with cobalt lakes, emerald forests and clear, dark skies. Charles Darwin once described Southern Ch ile as “boundless”. After the eclipse on land continue south for a four nights cruise through the majestic fjords aboard the exhibition vessel, Australis. The complimentary excursions afford the opportunity to see thousands of penguins, birds and wildlife. Distinguished speakers will highlight the eclipse and night sky. No background in science is expected.

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