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Travel Tip: Star-Gazing Parties & Astronomy Vacations

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Travel Tip: Star-Gazing Parties & Astronomy Vacations

Whether you’re a real space nut or simply enjoy a good view, star-gazing
gatherings are happening all across the country. So here’s how you can join the
party.  

The Coca-Cola Space Science Center has nothing to do with the soft drink.
Instead, guests can participate in free “Astronomy Nights” at the Center and in
local parks. They provide the sky maps, telescopes, and expert guides.

Observatories are a great resource for stargazing events, like the National
Optical Astronomy Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona. Nighttime viewings allow
the public to get hands-on experience using high-tech equipment.

Did you know there’s such a thing as DAY TIME star gazing? That’s right, you can
view sunspots through safe solar filters at the Public Observatory Project at
the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

Want to throw your own party? At the New Mexico Skies Accommodation in the
Sacramento Mountains, low light pollution and high elevation plus
state-of-the-art equipment make for a great place to hold your own star-gazing
party. 

For more publicly accessible telescopes, check out Telescopes.Stardate.org, which has an  interactive map
to find public star-gazing events in your destination.

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