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29 Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Canada

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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 Northern Lights in Alaska: All You Need to Know

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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 Guide 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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The Southern Lights in Australia: All You Need to Know

In Aurora Guide by 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 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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The Northern Lights in Norway: All You Need to Know

In Aurora Guide 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, …

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The Northern Lights in Finland: All You Need to Know

In Aurora Guide by Valerie Stimac

Among Scandinavian countries, Finland is often overlooked. People love Denmark with its delicious food, Sweden with its striking design, and Norway is one of the world’s top aurora destinations. Meanwhile, Finland is easily just as good (or maybe better) when it comes to seeing the northern lights – plus you can enjoy dog sledding, sauna breaks, and delicious Finnish pastries …

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The Northern Lights in Greenland: All You Need to Know

In Aurora Guide by Valerie Stimac

Some destinations are easy to get visit; you need to hop on a plane, get a passport stamp, and enjoy the culture, history, or food you came to experience. When it comes to destinations where you can see the aurora, even some of those are easier to get to than others. It’s relatively easy, for example, to visit Iceland or …

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The Southern Lights in Patagonia: All You Need to Know

In Aurora Guide by Valerie Stimac

Many of us have ‘seeing the aurora’ on our bucket list – and for good reason. To see the northern lights or southern lights dancing in the atmosphere, shades of green, red, purple and white, is an unforgettable experience and one of the most impressive space tourism activities you can enjoy. For some aurora chasers though, a common destination like …

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The Northern Lights in Sweden: All You Need to Know

In Aurora Guide by Valerie Stimac

Beautiful countryside, delicious fika and coffee breaks, and the chance to see the world’s best aurora from an ice hotel… Who’s in? Canada, Norway, and Iceland may get all the limelight, but Sweden is a great destination for seeing the northern lights. If you’re looking for a winter destination and want to see the northern lights at the same time, consider …

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

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

In Eclipse Guide, Featured by 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 Entertainment by 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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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 …

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

In Eclipse Guide, Featured by 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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What is Space Tourism? Here’s the New Definition.

In Featured, Space Tourism by 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 News by 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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How to Plan a Joshua Tree Stargazing Trip in 2019

In Space on Earth, Stargazing Guide by 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 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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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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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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A Guide for Stargazing in Calaveras County, California

In Space on Earth, Space Tourism by 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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How to Plan an Astronomy Trip to the Royal Observatory Greenwich

In Space on Earth, Space Tourism by Valerie Stimac

The Royal Observatory Greenwich is one of the world’s top historic astronomy destinations. King Charles II commissioned the Royal Observatory in Greenwich in 1675. Sir Christopher Wren originally chose the site, and the Royal Observatory in Greenwich began operations in 1676. In the nearly 350 years since, the Royal Observatory Greenwich has been one of the foundational observatories in the world. In fact, …

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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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9 Amazing Ways to Experience Space in Huntsville, Alabama

In Space Tourism by 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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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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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 …

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A Guide for Stargazing in Calaveras County, California

In Space on Earth, Space Tourism by 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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How to Plan an Astronomy Trip to the Royal Observatory Greenwich

In Space on Earth, Space Tourism by Valerie Stimac

The Royal Observatory Greenwich is one of the world’s top historic astronomy destinations. King Charles II commissioned the Royal Observatory in Greenwich in 1675. Sir Christopher Wren originally chose the site, and the Royal Observatory in Greenwich began operations in 1676. In the nearly 350 years since, the Royal Observatory Greenwich has been one of the foundational observatories in the world. In fact, …

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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 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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How to Plan a Joshua Tree Stargazing Trip in 2019

In Space on Earth, Stargazing Guide by 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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The 9 Best Places to Go Stargazing in Cincinnati

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qThe city of Cincinnati in Ohio is a city known for its nature trails, sports teams, and city skyline. Some of its attractions include the Cincinnati Zoo, Fountain Square, and the Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park. But did you know that one of the most popular tourist activities in the Queen City is stargazing? Cincinnati is actually one of …

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The Best Places & Tours for Stargazing in Hawaii

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Most people visit Hawaii for daytime activities: snorkeling, sunbathing, or exploring the active volcanic areas of each of the five main islands that attract travelers. For stargazing, Hawaii is also a great destination: each island offers a unique quality to the night sky, and Hawaii’s remoteness and concentrated residential development create dark sky areas that are among the best in …

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The 16 Best Places to Go Stargazing in Boston

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Boston is known for many things: history, sports, baked beans… and stargazing? Boston is actually a pretty good stargazing destination, as cities go. While you won’t have unincumbered Milky Way views from downtown Boston, it’s possible to do some stargazing in the city. You can also drive out of town to some nice dark sky locations without too much time …

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The 15 Best Places to Go Stargazing in Philadelphia

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Can the city of Brotherly Love also be the city for people who love stargazing? Yes, it turns out! Philadelphia might not seem like a stargazing destination, but among the cities we’ve created stargazing guides for, it has some of the best in-city stargazing options we’ve found. There are also great stargazing spots and observatories – operated by many of …

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The 11 Best Places to Go Stargazing in Washington D.C.

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

In 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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The 19 Best Places to Go Stargazing in Atlanta

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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 10 Best Places to Go Stargazing in Houston, Texas

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Houston is America’s fourth largest city… but it also might be one of the most overlooked major cities in the country. Located in the southeastern part of Texas near the Gulf Coast, Houston has everything you could ever want in a city – just ask the 2.3 million people who live there! Listen: “Space Tourism in Houston, Texas” with STG Founder …

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