Stargazing vacations

Stargazing vacations

Stargazing vacations

Bad Astronomy
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Sept. 9 2010 7:00 AM

Stargazing vacations

A couple of years ago I sailed to the Galapagos Islands with a boat full of skeptics. We toured the islands by day, of course, but at night we also took a gander at the Equatorial skies, in which we could see objects (like Alpha Centauri) you can't see from the US.

We had a great time, and people in the travel business know that can add a lot of fun to a trip. Whole cruises are set up to watch eclipses, and there are other trips to dark sites from which vacationers can use telescopes and have astronomers show them the heavens.

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The New York Times has an article on this very topic, in fact. I have never done one of these trips, but maybe someday I will. I wouldn't need much assistance, I think, as long as I'm north of the Equator. But in Australia or Chile, I wouldn't mind a little help. Either way, it sounds like a great way to add a new dimension to a vacation.

Tip o' the three-ounce bottle to Charles Lawson.