Posts Tagged ‘hawaii’

The Skies of Mauna Kea

Monday, February 8th, 2010

The summit of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii  hosts the world’s largest astronomical observatory, with thirteen telescopes operated by astronomers from eleven countries.

The astronomical observatory at the summit of Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea is unique as an astronomical observing site. Its dry air, clear nights, and stable atmosphere make it possible to observe the skies more frequently and with more detail than anywhere else in the world. Both its distance from city lights and the cooperation of the locals in keeping lights low provide the observatory with a very dark sky, allowing astronomers to see further than ever – almost to the edge of the observable Universe.

If this is the stuff of your stargazing dreams, join us this May for a night of stargazing on Mauna Kea, along with several days of education, exploration, and relaxation around Hawaii. Limited seats are still available on our Astronomy in Hawaii experience.

Where do you like to go stargazing?

Stargazing in Hawaii

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Just in case you needed more reasons to go to Hawaii (tropical island paradise, surfing, shave ice…), guess what? It’s a great place to learn more about astronomy, too. Some of the most advanced work in astrophysics is happening there right now. Get up close and personal on our next Hawaii Astronomy tour.

Observatory on Mauna Kea

Still trying to justify taking off for the tropics? Here’s four more reasons to travel to Hawaii with us this year.

New Year’s Travel Resolutions

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Vietnam’s Evocative Ha Long Bay – a great place to go in 2010

Where do you want to go in 2010? Here are some of our top 2010 picks…

Relaxing in Japan – with tranquil gardens, quiet temples, and the enlightening possibilities of tea.

Tackling the Amazon – for river dolphins, scarlet macaws, and really poisonous frogs.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda -  one of life’s incomprable adventures.

Cruising in Alaska – for kayaking around icebergs, checking out the humpback whales, and sailing Glacier Bay.

Stargazing in Hawaii - for a possible glimpse of the newly discovered super-Earth, and for the search for the real Pandora.

Wherever the new year may take you, we wish you all the best in 2010. Thanks for reading our blog, and for sharing your stories with us!