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The 12 Best Places to See the Northern Lights in the USA

In Aurora Guideby Valerie Stimac

Did you see the news? The aurora will be visible across the northern parts of the globe! If you’re living in the northern part of the U.S. and want to see the northern lights in the USA, it’s totally possible. You just have to plan ahead to get to an ideal viewing spot. Native peoples across the northern part of …

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The 14 Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Ireland

In Aurora Guideby Valerie StimacLeave a Comment

With a basic sense of geography, it might seem easy to guess where the northern lights are visible. Places like Sweden, Greenland, and Alaska all make a ton of sense. But did you know that you can also see the northern lights in Ireland? It’s true! Ireland doesn’t have as many nights of aurora activity as other northern countries, but …

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The 19 Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Europe

In Aurora Guideby Valerie Stimac

If the northern lights are on your bucket list, you’re not alone. This unique astronomical event is unforgettable – and luckily there are lots of places to see it around the world. Europe is one of the best places to try and see the aurora borealis. In this post, we’re detailing all of the best places to see the best …

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The 12 Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Scotland

In Aurora Guideby Inka Piegsa

When thinking about Scotland, country of history and mystery, what first comes to mind are castles, wild mountains, lochs, and bagpipes – but perhaps not necessarily that it’s one of the best places to see the northern lights. The aurora is called the Mirrie Dancers in Scotland. The northern lights are created by electrically charged particles of the sun interacting …

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The 29 Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Canada

In Aurora Guideby Kay Rodriguez6 Comments

Whether you’re planning a trip to see polar bears in Manitoba or city-hopping through the southeastern cities like Montreal and Toronto, Canada is a wonderland for cultural and outdoors experiences. It’s also the most popular northern lights destination in North America. With so much space, you might wonder: how and where can I see the northern lights in Canada? In …

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The 21 Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Alaska

In Aurora Guideby Valerie Stimac4 Comments

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

In Aurora Guideby 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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The 8 Best Places to See the Southern Lights in Australia

In Aurora Guideby Ander Dobo

If you’ve ever heard of the aurora australis, you might wonder: is it possible to see the aurora australis in Australia? They are named for Australia, after all!  Yes, it’s possible to see the aurora australis – also called the southern lights – in Australia! You just need to know when and where to go. We’ve put together this huge …

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The 16 Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Iceland

In Aurora Guide, Space Tourismby 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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The 14 Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Norway

In Aurora Guideby Valerie StimacLeave a Comment

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, …

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How to See the Next Lunar Eclipse: July 16-17, 2019

In Eclipse Guideby 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 January 20-21, 2019, you may wonder when the next eclipse …

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

In Eclipse Guideby 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 Earthby 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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How to See the Next Solar Eclipse: July 2, 2019

In Eclipse Guideby Valerie Stimac

Seeing a solar eclipse is one of the most impressive and rare space tourism experiences on earth. Following the 2017 solar eclipse across the U.S., traveling to see an eclipse is an increasingly popular activity for those of us who love space here on earth. In 2019, there will be another total solar eclipse visible on earth – the first …

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The Best Space Movies of All Time — That are Actually About Space

In Entertainmentby Valerie Stimac

Space has always drawn our eye; the night sky is a compelling aspect of life on earth. It’s no surprise that space is one of the popular destinations for movies, too. Many “best space movies” lists on the internet include a variety of movies which are technically set in space but are actually about something else. The Star Wars movies are a …

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19 Must-See Events in the December Night Sky

In Featured, Night Sky Guideby Valerie Stimac2 Comments

While December is a month of extremes – cold and dark in the northern hemisphere and opposite in the southern – it’s also one of the best months of the year for amateur astronomers and stargazers. In 2019, there is a plethora of astronomical events and sights to see in the December night sky. From meteor showers to eclipses and even …

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12 Space Tourism Companies That Will Send You to Space

In Featured, Space Tourismby Valerie Stimac

For years, we’ve been saying it: space tourism is going to happen this year! Now, finally, at long last, that prediction seems likely to come true in 2019. We are on the brink of space tourism, and all of us wanna-be astronauts will actually have a chance to go to space. The question is: which of the space tourism companies …

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6 Space Tourism Predictions for 2019

In Featured, Space Tourismby 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 …

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What is Space Tourism? Here’s the New Definition.

In Featured, Space Tourismby Valerie Stimac

The Solar Eclipse is one of the Year’s Biggest Events — Yes, it’s Space Tourism. August 21, 2017. If you’re a space fan, you know what’s happening on this date. For the first time since 1979, US citizens will see a solar eclipse in its full glory — the shadow of the sun will cross diagonally from Oregon to South Carolina for about two-and-a-half minutes. …

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9 Interesting Winter Solstice Celebrations Around the World

In Newsby Valerie Stimac

The winter solstice will occur on December 21st, 2018. At this point, the northern hemisphere is tipped away from the sun at the furthest point in our annual orbit. For many of us, it will be a dark and cold day of the year. For others, it’s a time of celebration, to mark the beginning of winter or eventual return …

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Starry Skies & 3 Other Reasons to Visit Central Asia for Astrotourism

In Space on Earthby Valerie StimacLeave a Comment

If there’s one great thing about the developing destinations across the globe, it’s that they’re almost always good for stargazing. Places like Southern Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia are still developing the brightly lit infrastructure that eventually makes enjoying the night sky impossible. Whereas over 80% of Americans can’t see the stars in any meaningful way, these up-and-coming …

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4 Easy, DIY Space Halloween Costumes

In Space on Earthby Valerie StimacLeave a Comment

Halloween is fast approaching… do you have your space Halloween costumes ready? If you’re a space fan but unsure what costume to wear this year, here are three great ideas that you can easily make at home. Bonus? They’re all space-inspired, so you can proudly show your love of outer space however you celebrate Halloween. 1. NASA Astronaut Instantly recognizable, …

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11 Amazing Stargazing Airbnbs Around the World

In Space on Earthby Valerie Stimac

Looking for a night sky getaway? The world is your oyster. The only question is… where will you sleep? How about staying at one of the world’s best stargazing Airbnbs! Luckily there are tons of options. From space-themed hotels to bubble hotels and glamping spots, there are plenty of amazing places where you can stargaze before bed – or even …

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The 6 Best Russian Space Museums for Soviet Aerospace History

In Space on Earthby Nadezhda GLeave a Comment

It’s impossible to understate the contribution Russia has made to the field of space exploration. This is especially true when it comes to human space exploration. Russians launched the first satellite, put the first man in space, put the first man in orbit. They executed the first successful spacewalk. Russia also launched the first woman to space, decades before any …

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How to Plan a Zion National Park Stargazing Trip

In Space on Earth, Stargazing Guideby Valerie Stimac

Did you know Zion Park is the fourth most popular national park in the United States? People are drawn to visit for the beautiful natural rock formations, the great hiking trails, and the chance to see a night sky that’s almost entirely free of light pollution. Yes, it’s true: one of the best reasons to visit Zion National Park is …

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How to Plan a Joshua Tree Stargazing Trip in 2019

In Space on Earth, Stargazing Guideby Valerie Stimac

If you love stargazing, there are a few great places in the world that are surely on your must-travel-someday list. The Grand Canyon is surely on that list, as well as every Dark Sky Reserve. If you’re in the U.S., you probably have Joshua Tree on your list too. This National Park is known for its amazing vegetation, stunning rock …

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7 Reasons to Visit Chile’s Elqui Valley

In Eclipse Guide, Space on Earthby 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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Rancho Cacachilas: Eco & Astrotourism in Baja California Sur

In Space on Earth, Space Tourismby 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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SpaceX: Space Tourism Company Profile

In Space Tourismby Peder Halseide2 Comments

In the last few years, the space tourism industry has grown widely. Companies that didn’t exist or were not involved at all are now major players in providing the intrepid citizens of earth with a ticket to space. While not strictly focused on space tourism, SpaceX is one such company. From their rough start in the late 2000s to becoming …

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Blue Origin: Space Tourism Company Profile

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If you were one of the wealthiest people alive, what would you do with your fortune? Amazon founder Jeff Bezos decided to spend his wealth developing a space tourism and transport company: Blue Origin. He has publicly stated that he has invested as much as $1 Billion per year into getting Blue Origin ‘off the ground,’ no pun intended. In …

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Virgin Galactic: Space Tourism Company Profile

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If you want to go to space, you’re not alone! In this series on space tourism companies, we profile each of the top space tourism companies to help you learn more about them and what kind of space experience they offer. Below, you can learn more about Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson’s rocket-assisted spaceplane company. Future Space Tourist? Dark Skies: …

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12 Space Tourism Companies That Will Send You to Space

In Featured, Space Tourismby Valerie Stimac

For years, we’ve been saying it: space tourism is going to happen this year! Now, finally, at long last, that prediction seems likely to come true in 2019. We are on the brink of space tourism, and all of us wanna-be astronauts will actually have a chance to go to space. The question is: which of the space tourism companies …

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9 Amazing Ways to Experience Space in Huntsville, Alabama

In Space Tourismby Valerie Stimac

If you’re a space nerd at all, you know about Huntsville, Alabama. If you’re not, maybe you heard about it on The New York Times’ 52 Places list this year. It was selected because of the rising interest in astrotourism and space. It’s also the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing this July, and they’re planning a massive party …

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Rancho Cacachilas: Eco & Astrotourism in Baja California Sur

In Space on Earth, Space Tourismby 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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What It’s Really Like to Go to Space Camp

In Space on Earth, Space Tourismby 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 Tourismby 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 …

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A Guide for Stargazing in Calaveras County, California

In Space on Earth, Space Tourismby Valerie Stimac

Located 2.5 hours east of the San Francisco, Calaveras County is a perfect weekend getaway from the Bay Area. It is a popular destination for hiking, biking, and boating in the summer, and for skiing in the Sierra Nevadas in the winter. Throughout the year you can learn about the county’s historic roots and sample delicious local food and wine. …

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The Top 12 Spots for Awe-Inspiring Stargazing in Texas

In Stargazing Guideby Valerie Stimac1 Comment

Texas is known for everything big: big cattle, big cowboy hats… and big dark skies. Stargazing in Texas is a real treat because of those dark skies, especially in the western part of the state. Here we’ve rounded up some of the top stargazing sites across Texas to help inspire you to plan a weekend getaway. Some of these can …

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How to Plan a Grand Canyon Stargazing Trip

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The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most famous natural formations. This 277-mile-long and up to 18-mile wide canyon is considered to be the 8th Wonder of the World. Every year, millions of visitors come from around the world to view this geological marvel. These travelers have the chance to hike along the canyon rims, raft the mighty Colorado …

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10 Awe-Inspiring Spots for Stargazing in Arizona

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When it comes to sightseeing in the United States, Arizona doesn’t typically make the list. Sure, there’s the Grand Canyon – and that is definitely a crowd pleaser –, but most people flock to the coasts and the big cities when they’re exploring the U.S. That is, unless you’re a night sky fanatic, and you want to go stargazing in …

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The 10 Best Places to Go Stargazing in Indianapolis

In Stargazing Guideby Valerie Stimac

Located at the “Crossroads of America,” Indianapolis is the kind of city you could pass through on a great American road trip… but it’s also an amazing place to stay and visit – or to live! STG founder Valerie lived there for three years, in fact! Like many cities, it’s hard to go stargazing in Indianapolis. But that doesn’t mean …

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The 11 Best Places to Go Stargazing in Pittsburgh

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Located where three rivers converge (the Ohio River, the Monongahela River, and the Allegheny River), Pittsburgh has deep historical roots as a good city for business and innovation. During the Gilded Age, industrialists like Andrew Carnegie established companies that helped Pittsburgh grow; today, many major tech companies have their offices in Pittsburgh. All that growth and industry has been good …

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How to See the Milky Way in 5 Easy Steps

In Stargazing Guideby Sharmila Kuthunur2 Comments

For the cool astronomers and the nerdy researchers, tossing out big numbers becomes a way of life.  The nearest planet outside our solar system, Proxima Centauri-b, is 4.2 light years away. Andromeda, which is supposed to be the closest galaxy to Earth, is 2.5 million light years away. It is only when we look up into the depths of the …

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The 19 Best Places for Stargazing in Columbus

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Located right near the center of Ohio, Columbus is one of those great midwest cities that never fails to surprise you. From world-class museums to great food and drink, there’s plenty to do during the day in Columbus. Once the sun sets, you can also keep yourself busy. You could bask in the bright nightlife of Short North, or head …

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The Ultimate Guide to Stargazing in Chile’s Elqui Valley

In Stargazing Guideby Valerie Stimac

Now that the sun has set and the dogs have stopped barking, the night is silent. The stars shine overhead. The Milky Way stretches across the sky, with inky spots punctuating its light. Our nearest galactic neighbors, the Magellanic Clouds sit in the southern sky. This is the night sky above the Elqui Valley, one of the world’s top stargazing …

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