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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 …

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8 Must-See Events in the Night Sky in February 2019

In Night Sky Guide by Valerie Stimac

It may be a short month, but there’s plenty to see in the night sky in February. In this month’s night sky forecast, you’ll find eight events worth bundling up for and braving the winter weather on a clear night. Don’t forget that February is also a great time to try and see the northern lights if you live in …

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The 19 Best Places for Stargazing in Atlanta

In Space Tourism, Stargazing Guide by Valerie Stimac

For some cities, it’s really obvious that it’s hard to go stargazing there. Towering skyscrapers, loads of light pollution, and notoriously cloudy or rainy weather will affect your chances of stargazing in cities like New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle, for example. Other cities, like Atlanta, are surprisingly good stargazing destinations. While you can’t look straight up from downtown …

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The 16 Best Places to See the Southern Lights in the World

In Aurora Guide, Featured by Valerie Stimac

If you’re an avid space enthusiast, you’ve probably seen the northern lights at this point. After all, they’re quite convenient for most of us living in North America and Europe, even if you have to travel to see them. The southern lights, on the other hand, are more difficult to reach. In the few parts of the world where you …

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What It’s Really Like to Go to Space Camp

In Space on Earth, Space Tourism by Valerie Stimac

Did you dream of being an astronaut as a kid? Maybe your own kid is completely space-obsessed. Whether you’re enduring an endless stream of pleas from your child – or your inner child –, it’s time to go to Space Camp! Space Camp is a one-of-a-kind experience where you can relive those dreams of astronaut stardom or let your own …

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6 Space Tourism Predictions for 2019

In Featured, Space Tourism by Valerie Stimac

In early 2017, one of the first posts I wrote for Space Tourism Guide was a post of space tourism predictions for the coming year. Back then, I predicted we’d see manned test flights, falling prices, and more interest in space tourism-related activities on earth. Unfortunately, it has taken a long time for these predictions to come to pass! 2017 …