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The Northern Lights in Iceland: All You Need to Know

In Aurora Guide, Space Tourism by Valerie Stimac

If you’ve never seen the northern lights before, Iceland is a great, accessible destination for your first experience. If you have seen the northern lights before but not in Iceland, there’s no place quite like it. In short, everyone will enjoy seeing the northern lights in Iceland, which might be why it’s one of the most popular places on the planet for …

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How to See the Next Lunar Eclipse: January 20-21, 2019

In Eclipse Guide, Space Tourism by Valerie Stimac

As interest in astrotourism grows, eclipse chasing has become an increasingly popular activity. Whether you travel to see an eclipse or are lucky enough to enjoy them as they pass over your home, there’s no denying that eclipses are powerful and humbling to experience. After the total lunar eclipse on July 27-28, 2018, you may wonder when the next eclipse …

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How to Visit Johnson Space Center & Space Center Houston

In Space on Earth, Space Tourism by Valerie Stimac

“Houston, we’ve had a problem here.” Most people recognize this line from the movie Apollo 13. When Astronaut Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) calls down to earth to report a major problem with the mission, his famous line was etched in our collective memory. (It’s often erroneously quoted as “Houston, we have a problem.” Verb tenses matter, people!) It wasn’t some person he was …

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The 11 Best Places for Stargazing in Tucson, Arizona

In Space Tourism, Stargazing Guide by Valerie Stimac

Tucson, Arizona is arguably the best city for stargazing in the United States – if not the world. Home to the International Dark-Sky Association (STG founder Valerie is a proud member!), the city of Tucson has taken large and bold steps to reduce light pollution, and it is one of the best mid-sized cities where you can stargaze right within …

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How to Plan a Bryce Canyon National Park Stargazing Trip

In Space on Earth, Space Tourism by Megan Johnson

Bryce Canyon is one of the more underrated national parks in Utah, according to many travelers. It’s often overshadowed by its extremely popular neighbor, Zion National Park. While Bryce Canyon might seem like it doesn’t have as much to offer, it definitely does. From hiking among the hoodoos to stargazing at night, Bryce Canyon has it all, including one of …

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How to Plan a Blue Ridge Mountains Stargazing Trip

In Space on Earth, Space Tourism by Heide Brandes

I’ve always had a romanticized notion of the Blue Ridge Mountains that run from North Carolina through Virginia. The rolling green mountains are a far cry from the rolling fawn-colored plains and rusty hills of my home state of Oklahoma. I’ve dreamed of the day when my battered hiking shoes would walk the Appalachian Trail, which weaves 2,190-miles through the …

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The 12 Best Places for Stargazing in Portland

In Space Tourism, Stargazing Guide by Valerie Stimac

Portland is know for many things: a respectable soccer team*, funky donuts, and hipsters. But what about stargazing? Can those space enthusiasts among us find fun things to do after dark in the Rose City? As the case for every city we’ve profiled in our series of city stargazing guides, it’s definitely possible to go stargazing in Portland – and …

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The 21 Best Places for Stargazing in Salt Lake City

In Space Tourism, Stargazing Guide by Valerie Stimac

Utah is, as destinations in the western U.S. go, one of the more underrated. Similarly, Salt Lake City is often overlooked for flashier adventure destinations like Denver or stargazing spots like Phoenix. If you want to base your next stargazing or space-focused trip from somewhere new, consider Salt Lake City. Astronomy clubs are active throughout the city, and there are …

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The Northern Lights in Norway: All You Need to Know

In Aurora Guide, Space Tourism by Valerie Stimac

When you think of seeing the northern lights, where do you picture yourself? For most people, the answer is Norway! The first major northern lights destination in the world, Norway has warmly welcomed visitors in the cold winter months with the promise of seeing the aurora. If you’re considering or planning a trip to Norway to see the northern lights, …