Astronomy in Arizona

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  Kitt Peak Observatory  The Observatory's giant gamma-ray telescope. Credit: David Aguilar  The observatories of Arizona's Kitt Peak. Credit: Susan Degginger/Alamy

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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! 

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

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David Aguilar

David Aguilar

Oct 30 - Nov 3, 2016

A naturalist, astronomer, author, and artist, David Aguilar's expertise is in communicating the wonder of science. He is the past Director of the Fiske Planetarium and Science Center and the originator of the Science Discovery Program at the University of Colorado in Boulder; Marketing Communications Director at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation; and Marketing Director for the PBS’ Emmy-winning NOVA series, Evolution. He is a recognized writer and space artist with work appearing in the 2008 BBC television series UNIVERSE, Time magazine, US News & World Report, ABC Nightly News, CNN, NY Times, USA Today, National Geographic, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, and Scientific American. He is the author and illustrator of Planets, Stars & Galaxies and The New Solar System, published by National Geographic, as well as a scholar lecturer on Smithsonian World Tours and Smithsonian Journeys.” He is also an avid telescope maker and an astronomical and underwater photographer.