Take a spectacular intergalactic journey as you view the ultra-clear Arizona sky with hands-on telescope viewing and take behind-the-scenes tours of world-renowned centers for astronomy research.

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 MMT Observatory, Mount Hopkins.   Credit: Howard Lester  A gibbous moon overlooks one of Smithsonian's telescope domes, opening to prepare for night observation.  Credit: David Aguilar  A 10-meter-diameter telescope, which searches for flashes of light created when gamma rays hit Earth's atmosphere. Credit: David Aguilar  Sky watching through one of many telescopes at Smithsonian's Whipple Observatory. Credit: David Aguilar  The Observatory's giant gamma-ray telescope. Credit: David Aguilar  The observatories of Arizona's Kitt Peak. Credit: Susan Degginger/Alamy

Astronomy in Arizona

Featuring Smithsonian’s Whipple Observatory

5 days from $2,895

Take a spectacular intergalactic journey as you view the ultra-clear Arizona sky with hands-on telescope viewing and take behind-the-scenes tours of world-renowned centers for astronomy research.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The excitement of learning in-depth astronomy made me feel like a kid - I was not the only participant who made this exclamation. 

- June V.

Been to China, Antarctica, Italy, Hawaii, Arizona - all with extremely competent, friendly, and helpful leaders - I'll be back! 

- Doublas C.

Get set for a mind-expanding look into the universe with Astronomy in Arizona!

- John H.

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Oct 30 - Nov 3, 2016 Departure; May 22 - 26, 2017 Departure
David Aguilar

David Aguilar

A naturalist, astronomer, author and space artist, David's expertise is in communicating the wonder of science. He is the past Director of Science Information and Public Outreach at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. In 2015, he left Harvard to join NASAs New Horizons special media team on the Pluto flyby mission.  He is a Random House/Smithsonian and National Geographic author and illustrator of 7 books on astronomy including "Cosmic Catastrophes - 7 Ways to Destroy a Planet Like Earth"; "ALIEN WORLDS"- a look at how bizarre alien life may be throughout the Universe; "13 Planets", and "Space Encyclopedia". He is past Director of Fiske Planetarium and Science Center, and the founder of the Science Discovery Program at University of Colorado Boulder; past Marketing Communications Director at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation and member of the Hubble Space Telescope repair team; past Marketing Director of "Evolution", PBS's Emmy-winning 7-part NOVA series. 

TELEVISION and RADIO CREDITS: NASA's Unexplained Files; The UNIVERSE for the History Channel; UFO Hunters, NPR's Here and Now.

SPACE ART CREDITS: NASA/JPL, Smithsonian, BBC, The UNIVERSE, the History Channel, The Weather Channel, ABC Nightly News, CBS, NBC, CNN, NY Times, USA Today, National Geographic Magazine, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, Scientific American, Nature, Time magazine, US News& World Report, Space.com.

He is a Premier Smithsonian Enrichment Lecturer and a Harvard World Tours Expert Study Leader. Past study tours include: Astronomy from the Chilean Andes; Astronomy of Hawaii; The Underwater Worlds of Tahiti and French Polynesia; Exploring the Amazon; AfricanSafari; Discovering Alaska!; Iceland - Land of Ice and Fire; Mysteries of Machu Picchu and Easter Island; Voyage to Antarctica; Inside the Russian Space Program-a journey to Kazakhstan for the launch of cosmonauts to the International Space Station; In The Footsteps of Galileo; Around theWorld by Private Jet!; Exploring the Emerald British Isles; Treasures of Mystical India; Arizona Astronomy. He has lectured on eighteen World Cruises aboard ships Regent Seven Seas Voyager, Mariner, Explorer; Crystal Serenity, Symphony; Celebrity Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse; and TheWORLD.

 He has the added distinction, along with his former band, of being a 2008 Grammy nominated song writer and musician. In 2010, ASTEROID 1990DA was named in honor of his exceptional science educational outreach efforts.Today, David and wife Astrid reside under the very starry skies outside of Aspen, CO.