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Travel Tip: Stargazing Vacations

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Anyone who has even a passing interest in astronomy is in luck this year. 2013 is promising to be a busy year when it comes to celestial events.

Want to make a real vacation out of your stargazing? Eclipse Tours is hosting a cruise on a Seabourne yacht during the solar eclipse in late October/early November.

You’ll sail from the Canary Islands to Barbados with expert scientists, with the goal of catching a solar eclipse, meteor showers and other astronomical sightings.

For a real bucket-list experience, Travel Quest International has a safari in Kenya in time for the solar eclipse. That means you get do some serious stargazing from one of the clearest and most remote viewing points in the world.

If that’s out of your budget, just head outside in late November, when comet ISON is expected.

It will be the brightest comet that any of us has ever seen before, visible from points all over the world. And it’s not just one-night show. The comet should be visible for almost two months.

Or plan your next camping trip around the annual Perseids meteor shower in August, or the even more brilliant Geminids shower in mid-December.

For more information, visit the Niche Travel archives.

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