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Grand Canyon Star Party: Astronomy at the Edge of the Universe

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6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Dennis from Encinitas, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/24/14 - 06/29/14
Not surprisingly, for Road Scholar, this trip proved to be both interesting and educational with a group eager to learn and experience all that this program offers. I learned new things about astronomy, geology, and Indian culture. I can recommend this tour to any amateur astronomer or a novice that just wants to be exposed to the various facets of astronomy. Personally, I had no previous experience in astronomy and while I enjoyed most of what I learned, I found that my interest in astronomy is really limited to “star gazing”. The highpoint of the tour was visiting the Grand Canyon during the “dark of the moon” and taking part in the “Star Party”.

Nancy from Wichita, KS Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 06/24/14 - 06/29/14
The star party caught our interest. The program offered so much more than we expected.

Sandra from Lafayette, CO Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 06/24/14 - 06/29/14
This is a great trip. we highly recommend it.

Ted from Bettendorf, IA Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 06/11/13 - 06/16/13
Hail to our intrepid Jeff Strang, Leading our Elderhostel gang. We all, by and by, Will look to the sky, To learn of the fiery Big Bang!

Cheryl from St Petersburg, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/11/13 - 06/16/13
This was our first Road Scholar program and will definitely not be the last. This tour was well-planned and well-executed - both deftly guided by our leader, Jeff Strang. The lectures were highly informative as well as entertaining and the presenters were thoughtful, experienced and responsive to the group's many questions. The variety of food was good and usually required a short walk from either the lecture hall or hotel room. The tour of the Lowell Observatory was fascinating and concluded with the opportunity of looking at the sun through a special telescope. The two nights at the South Rim of Grand Canyon for the Star Party were thrilling for both experienced and beginning astronomers. Over forty astronomers were ready and anxious to help the visitors see through time and space to view the Moon, Saturn, Mercury, double stars, star clusters and a look at the International Space Station as it sped across the sky. It was especially good to walk the rim of the Grand Canyon with a geologist to point out the features of the most beautiful canyon on earth. As a caution, there was a good bit of walking and standing required with no seating available in the telescope buildings and Star Party staging area. Also the rooms at the South Rim did not have air conditioners - not a problem most of the year but we were there during record high temperatures. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in the study of astronomy and geology.

Edna from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 06/11/13 - 06/16/13
A great, great, great program! Lowell Observatory, Meteor Crater and, of course, the Grand Canyon. Jeffery Strang was a perfect leader on all levels - available, problem-solving, calm, detail oriented, knowledgeable - great geology lecture - and nice. Nadine Barlow gave a terrific lecture on the universe - her entire semester course reduced to 3 fabulous hours. The lecture and views at Lowell were most informative. And, of course, the star gazing - multiple telescopes for multiple views of stars, planets, moon, nebulae etc. Be sure you can get in and out of vans and walk on some uneven pathways for short distances. Full days of activities.

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