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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 See the Next Lunar Eclipse: July 16-17, 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 January 20-21, 2019, you may wonder when the next eclipse …

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The 15 Best Places for Stargazing in Philadelphia

In Stargazing Guide by Valerie Stimac

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 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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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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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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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 …