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6 Cool Ways to See the 2019 Solar Eclipse: Cruises & Flights

In Eclipse Guide by Valerie Stimac

Seeing a solar eclipse is a cool experience – totality is awe-inspiring no matter where in the world you see it. As the 2019 solar eclipse approaches, it’s time to start finalizing your plans if you want to see the shadow of the moon pass over the South Pacific, Chile, and Argentina on July 2nd. There are a variety of …

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7 Reasons to Visit Chile’s Elqui Valley

In Eclipse Guide, Space on Earth by Valerie Stimac

Have you heard of Chile’s Elqui Valley? Chile is considered one of the top astronomical observation destinations in the world. In addition to San Pedro de Atacama high in the Andes, the Elqui Valley north of Santiago offers its own wealth of opportunities for astrotourists. This zone of the Coquimbo Region plays host to both private research observatories and public …

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The 11 Best Places for Stargazing in Washington D.C.

In Stargazing Guide by Valerie Stimac

Washington D.C. is the nation’s capital, and home to arguably the best space museum in the country. Each day, visitors head to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum to learn about the history of American spaceflight and NASA, or to see the Space Shuttle Discovery in her permanent home in Virginia. That makes D.C. one of those must-visit places at …

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How to Visit NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

In Rocket Tourism by Valerie Stimac

Do you love NASA? Curious about the future of space exploration? Just an uber-nerd like me who wants to visit all of the space destinations possible? A visit to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has to be on your list! As part of my trip to Space Camp, I had the chance to visit NASA Marshall. In addition to the …

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9 Must-See Events in the Night Sky in March 2019

In Featured, Night Sky Guide by Valerie Stimac

March marks a turning point in the Earth’s celestial dance. This month, we approach the first equinox of the calendar year, and the seasons officially ‘change’ after the equinox passes. There are also a variety of interesting opportunities to get out and see some of the different objects in our night sky. From planets and dwarf planets to a star …

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The Northern Lights in Alaska: All You Need to Know

In Aurora Guide, Space on Earth by Valerie Stimac

Alaska: The 49th State. The Last Frontier. The Land of the Midnight Sun. The Best Place in the United States to see the Northern Lights. If you want to see the northern lights (or aurora borealis) in Alaska, you’re not alone. Seeing the northern lights is one of the top reasons people travel to Alaska during the cold winter months, …

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Urban Stargazing: How to See the Night Sky Where You Live

In Featured, Stargazing Guide by Valerie Stimac

Have you ever gone outside of your house and looked up at a full sky of stars? Probably not. Most of us live in urban areas – cities, suburbs, and neighborhoods – where it’s hard to see the stars. That doesn’t mean you can’t see the stars at all though. You can enjoy the popular activity for space-loving city-dwellers of …

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How to Visit the Space Shuttle Endeavour

In Space on Earth, Space Tourism by Valerie Stimac

In the United States, we’re lucky to have a lot of opportunities to interact with our national heritage in space. As a government organization, NASA is funded by taxpayers both financially and with public interest and opinion. To help inspire future generations to support NASA and explore space, many amazing relics and artifacts from the different eras of NASA exploration …

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Rancho Cacachilas: Eco & Astrotourism in Baja California Sur

In Space on Earth, Space Tourism by Valerie Stimac

Are you an environmentally conscious traveler? Do you enjoy seeing a dark night sky? Consider how these two ideas go together. Ecotourism is an increasingly popular trend as travelers become aware of the impact of tourism on destinations and ecosystems. Simultaneously, more of us are interested in astrotourism – traveling to experience the night sky. Unfortunately, most tourism increases development …