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Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

Program Number: 14314RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/16/2013 - 6/21/2013; 6/14/2015 - 6/19/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: State College, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $879.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Probe the mysteries of the universe with one of the largest groups of astronomical researchers in the country. Hands-on demonstrations and expert-led discussions allow for the exploration of cutting edge, modern astronomy. Experience fundamental night sky astronomy as multi-media presentations use brilliant images of nearby planets and the most distant known objects in the universe within the campus planetarium. Participate in scientific and philosophical discussions about how everything came into being.




Highlights

• Learn about the phases of the moon during an expert-led demonstration.
• At the Davey Lab observatory, discover binary stars, nebulae and galaxies and identify constellations, planets and their motions.
• Take part in an expert-led discussion about the Big Bang Theory and the origin of the universe.



Activity Particulars

A shuttle is available to transport participants from the hotel to the campus.




Date Specific Information

6-16-2013, 6-14-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




State College

Home to Pennsylvania State University, this community in scenic central Pennsylvania is a classic college town — energetic, youthful and full of intellectual and cultural activities.



Accommodations
Charming, historic full service hotel situated on Penn State’s beautiful campus.
Meals and Lodgings
   Nittany Lion Inn
  University Park/State College, PA 5 nights
 Nittany Lion Inn
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Participants stay at the charming Nittany Lion Inn on-campus, a historic National Trust hotel. With the elegance of colonial New England, The Inn exudes tradition while offering today's amenities. Buffet dinners and breakfasts offer sumptuous classic cuisine. You will enjoy walking around the beautifully landscaped campus this time of year. Many landmarks, museums and exhibits are open for your exploration. Program excludes one dinner. Participants can choose from local restaurants in quaint, downtown State College Campus. We will help organize groups and transportation for those interested. Walking is expected. The hotel van is available for those preferring a ride, though participants must be able to get in and out of the back of a van. Tours of campus and museums will add a variety of experiences.
  Contact info: The Pennsylvania State University
200 West Park Avenue
State College, PA, PA 16803 USA
phone: 800-233-7505
web: www.pshs.psu.edu/nittanylioninn/nlhome.asp
  Room amenities: The rooms are fully equipped with air conditioning, private baths, coffee machines, and hair dryers.
  Facility amenities: Nittany Lion Inn offers the finest in cuisine and casual fare awaits you in Whiskers Courtyard and Lounge. Unwind in a modern spa with fitness equipment and Jacuzzi.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $81.00 per night Subject to hotel room availability
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $81.00 per night Subject to hotel room availability
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:30 - 6pm Registration; 6pm dinner and orientation at Nittany Lion Inn You will be staying at Nittany Lion Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends before lunch at 10:30am, Nittany Lion Inn You will be staying at Nittany Lion Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the length of the stay and attendees will have access to their cars during the week.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  University Park/State College, PA
  Nearest city or town:  Altoona, PA
  Nearest highway: Route 322
  Nearest airport:  University Park/State College(SCE)
  From End of Program
  Location: University Park/State College, PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

State College Greyhound Bus Station

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Nittany LIon Inn
phone: 814-865-8500
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No Charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

less than 5 minutes 

   

Call the Nittany Lion Inn to arrange complimentary transfer to and from the State College Bus Terminal

 

SCE, University Park Airport in State College

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Nittany Lion Inn
phone: 814-865-8500
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No Charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

.1 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

Call the Nittany Lion Inn to arrange complimentary transfer to and from the SEC State College Airport. Please provide the inn with flight details when booking your transfer State College Airport is serviced by US Airways Express via Philadelphia, Northwest Airline via Detroit and United Express via Dulles in Washington, DC US Airways Express 800 428-4322 / 814 237-1774 Northwest Airline 800 225-2525 / 814 237-9730 United Express 800 241-6522 / 814 237-1714

 

State College Greyhound Bus Station

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
AA Taxi
phone: 814-231-TAXI

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5-$8
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

less than 5 minutes 

   

Train travel isn't very convenient from State College. The Pennsylvanian runs from Philadelphia, with a stop in Lewistown. Call 800-872-7245 for information and reservations to verify current schedules, or visit their Web site at www.amtrak.com. Greyhound and Fullington Trailways provide connecting bus service from State College to the train stations in Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

 

SCE, University Park Airport in State College

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Nittany Express
phone: 814-867-4647

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$16-$20
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

.1 

   

Flight Info: US Airways Express from Philadelphia Northwest Airlink from Detroit, United Express from Dulles in Washington, DC All serve the State College area through the State College Airport(SCE), located five miles from campus. US Airways Express 800 428-4322 / 814 237-1774 Northwest Airlink 800 225-2525 / 814 237-9730 United Express 800 241-6522 / 814 237-1714

 
Driving Directions
  New York City (225+miles) and the East) I-80 West in PA to Exit 161(Bellefonte), Follow PA South to US 220 South. Take exit 74 for Penn State University/InnovationPark. Stay in the left lane of the exit and follow the sign for Penn State University. This will become Park Avenue. Travel Park Avenue to the stop light at Allen Street. Turn left on Allen Street and right on Fischer Road. The Nittany Lion Parking Deck will be on your left followed by the Nittany Lion Inn.
  by bus Fullington Trailways and Greyhound Lines are available to and from State College. Fullington Trailways: 814-238-1100 Greyhound: 814-238-7971
  by plane US Airways Express from Pittsbsurgh, Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Northwest Airlink from Detroit, United Express from Dulles in Washington, DC, Delta Connection from Cincinnati, all serve the State College area through the State College Airport(SCE), locaed five miles from campus. US Airways Express 800 428-4322 / 814 237-1774 Northwest Airlink 800 225-2525 / 814 237-9730 United Express 800 241-6522 / 814 237-1714 Delta Connection 800 221-1212 / 814 238-4791
  from Harrisburg (80+miles) Take 322 West, past Lewistown, to State College and take the Penn State University/Innovation Park Exit. Turn right at the stop light and follow Park Avenue.Travel Park Avenue to the stop light at Allen Street. Turn left on Allen Street and right on Fischer Road. The Nittany Lion Parking Deck will be on your left followed by the Nittany Lion Inn.
  from Philadelphia (nearly 200 miles) PA turnpike West to Exit 19, Harrisburg East and follow signs for the next 15 miles to Route 322 West. Take 322 West, past Lewistown, to State College and take the Penn State University/Innovation Park Exit. Turn right at the stop light and follow Park Avenue.Travel Park Avenue to the stop light at Allen Street. Turn left on Allen Street and right on Fischer Road. The Nittany Lion Parking Deck will be on your left followed by the Nittany Lion Inn.
  from Pittsburgh (125 miles+) Route 22 East to Duncansville. Then take Route 220/I-99 North bypassing downtown Altoona and Tyrone. After Port Matilda, take route 322 East to State College. Stay on Business Route 322/NorthAtherton Street, past a variety of businesses. At the light at Park Avenue, turn Left. The Inn is one your right.
  from Washington, DC (nearly 200 miles) Take route 270 to Frederick, MD; follow signs for Route 15 North: stay on 15 North through Camp Hill and Marysville PA: from 15 N take the exit for Route 322 West to State College/Lewistown and follow 322 West to the Penn State University Park/Innovation Park Exit. Turn right at the stop light and follow Park Avenue.Travel Park Avenue to the stop light at Allen Street. Turn left on Allen Street and right on Fischer Road. The Nittany Lion Parking Deck will be on your left followed by the Nittany Lion Inn.
  from the West I-80 East in PA to Exit 161 (Bellefonte), Follow PA 26 South to US 220 South. Take exit 74 for Penn State University/Innovation Park. Stay in the left lane of the exit and follow the sign for Penn State University. This will become Park Avenue. Travel Park Avenue to the stop light at Allen Street. Turn left on Allen Street and right on Fischer Road. The Nittany Lion Parking Deck will be on your left followed by the Nittany Lion Inn.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/ Orientation and Introductions
(Sunday, June 16)
   
 Afternoon: Registration at The Nittany Lion Inn will take place between 4:30 and 6:00pm.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner will be served at 6:00pm in the Dining Room of the Nittany Lion Inn
 Evening: There will be an orientation and introduction by the presenters, followed by a short talk about Penn State presented by the Lion Ambassadors.
   
Accommodations: Nittany Lion Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Sky Observation
(Monday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast in the Nittany Lion Inn Dining Room.
 Morning: Universe Tour - Enjoy a tour & Brief History of the Universe, followed by a Campus Tour.
 Lunch: Box lunch & informal discussions at Davey Lab
 Afternoon: Enjoy 3 different lectures this afternoon:3-D Tour of Mars; Searching for planets and life around other stars; Solar observing
 Dinner: Dinner in The Nittany Lion Inn Dining Room
 Evening: Viewing Astronomical Objects through Telescopes* * Evening programs will vary depending on the weather conditions.
   
Accommodations: Nittany Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Stars/Black Holes/Wormholes/Phases of the Moon
(Tuesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the Nittany Lion Inn.
 Morning: Learn about the birth and evolution of stars
 Lunch: Buffet Lunch at the Nittany Lion Inn
 Afternoon: Enjoy 4 lectures this afternoon: Black Holes and Wormholes; Gravity Waves and Black Holes; The Planetarium; Phases of the Moon
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy at one of the local cafes or restaurants of the area.
 Evening: Night viewing, if needed.
   
Accommodations: Nittany Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Galaxy Classification/ The Big Bang Theory
(Wednesday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at the Nittany Lion Inn.
 Morning: Tour and Brief History of the Universe
 Lunch: Box lunch & informal discussions – 530 Davey Lab
 Afternoon: Enjoy 3 Lectures this afternoon: 3-D Tour of the Universe; Galaxy Classification; Tips for Buying a Telepscope
 Dinner: Buffet dinner in the Nittany Lion Inn
 Evening: Night viewing, if needed
   
Accommodations: Nittany Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Discussion and Observation
(Thursday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at the Nittany Lion Inn.
 Morning: Lecture: The Big Bang and Dark Energy.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at the Nittany Lion Inn
 Afternoon: Enjoy 2 lectures this afternoon, followed by an open discussion: Asteroid Impacts; Science, Religion and the Nature of Existence.
 Dinner: Buffet Dinner Nittany Lion Inn
 Evening: Astro Jeopardy!
   
Accommodations: Nittany Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap-up/ Departures
(Friday, June 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at the Nittany Lion Inn with the professors.
 Morning: Wrap-up and Q&A with the instructors.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  University Park/State College, PA Palmer Museum of Art
Explore a world of art. Included are American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, and sculptures; contemporary European and Japanese ceramics; Asian ceramics, jades, painting, and prints; and objects from ancient European, African and near Eastern cultures. For additional information, visit www.psu.edu/dept/palmermuseum/
  Historical Markers
While walking around campus, keep your eyes open for these blue and white signs calling attention to the University’s rich tradition of achievement in higher education and service to society. They commemorate events and locations of broad importance to the intellectual and scientific development of Penn State as one of America’s leading public universities. For additional information, visit www.psu.edu/ur/about/markers.html/
  Penn State All Sports Museum
The museum is a a two-level 10,000 -square-foot tribute to Penn State's winning spirit. The inspirational story of men's and women's sports at Penn State is shown in dramatic visuals that virtually cover the walls floor to ceiling. Surrounding you are larger-than-life action photographs, many of them are rare archival images. For additional information, visit GoPSUSports.com
  Creamery
Ben and Jerry learned to make ice cream here! Most visitors to the Creamery at Penn State know only of its famous ice cream, sherbet, and cheeses, but what they don't know is that it is the largest university creamery in the nation. Each year approximately 4.5 million pounds of milk pass through the Creamery's stainless steel holding tanks. About half comes from a 225-cow herd at the University's Dairy Production Research Center, and the rest is purchased from an independent milk producer.Take a self-guided tour of the creamery or try a scoop in a flavor that only Penn State offers, including Peachy Paterno and WPSX Coffee Break. The Creamery recently moved from their present location since 1948 into aa brand new Food Science building with a spacious cafe and shop, east on Curtin Road. M-F 7am-11pm For additional information, visit www.creamery.psu.edu/
  Nittany Lion Shrine
A wooded area just east of The Nittany Lion Inn is the Nittany Lion Shrine, home to Penn State's famous mascot, the Nittany Lion. The Nittany Lion became Penn State's athletic symbol in 1904 when Harrison D. "Joe" Mason, confronted at a Princeton-Penn State baseball game by Princeton's Bengal tiger, responded with quick wit that Penn State's Nittany Mountain Lion was the "fiercest beast of them all." He eventually was successful in persuading the student body to accept the animal as its mascot. The Nittany Lion Shrine is one of the most photographed spots on campus. Location: Northern tip of Burrows Rd. For additional information, visit www.psu.edu/ouic/orientation100/T5/lionshrine.html/
  Old Main
View the famous frescoes in the foyer, painted by mural artist Henry Varnum Poor in 1940 and 1949, and funded initially by class gifts. Using earphones just inside the front doors, and at three other locations, you can hear the frescoes described. They depict the founding, aspirations and labor of this original Land-Grant University in Pennsylvania, following Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862. The Act, and the universities it helped to establish, first brought higher education within reach for the sons and daughters of the working classes. The "new" Old Main, designed by Charles Klauder in a Federal Revival style, incorporates much stone from the older building, especially along the corners. A large portion of this stone originally came from a quarry along present-day College Avenue. The front portico is supported by eight giant columns and the six-story bell tower-open to the public several times a year-affords a fine view of campus and the surrounding countryside. The clock in the tower is a gift of the Class of 1904 and is an artifact of the first Old Main. The Westminster chimes that sound on the quarter-hour were presented by the Class of 1937. Location: Pollock Road, west of the HUB. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F
  Matson Museum of Anthropology
Through objects, photographs and text, current exhibits portray everyday life of men and women in South America, Africa, New Guinea, and Asia. Displays of archaeological artifacts depict the activities of past peoples in North America and Mesoamerica. Other exhibits explore human biological diversity from 5 million years ago to the present. The museum shop sells baskets, jewelry, toys, and other crafts from around the world. Location: second floor of the Carpenter Building, in the northwest corner of campus, just east of The Nittany Lion Inn, on the way to the Nittany Lion Shrine. Hours: usually open Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00, though hours vary during the summer. For additional information, visit www.anthro.psu.edu/mat_mus/index1.html/
  HUB-Robeson Galleries
Rotating exhibits in three galleries and several lounges in the Hetzel Union Building, and the Robeson Gallery, off of Pollock Road, west of Shortlidge in the center of campus. The HUB is open all the time. For additional information, visit www.sa.psu.edu/usa/galleries/
  Frost Entomological Museum
Bugs! Insect and related arthropod collections are housed at Frost Museum, a vital university facility, biodiversity library, repository for research materials, and a research center. The Museum makes insect biodiversity accessible to the general public through displays for the casual visitor, and groups. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30am until 4:30pm. Location: Head House III on Curtin Road, half way between Shortlidge and Bigler roads. For additional information, visit www.ento.psu.edu/home/Frost
  Earth & Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery
The Earth & Mineral Sciences Museum at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, is a unique mineral museum. Our main gallery display includes displays of fine minerals such as azurite and "velvet" malachite from Bisbee, Arizona, and amazonite crystals from the Pikes' Peak, Colorado, area. In addition to collections of rocks, minerals, and fossils totaling more than 22,000 specimens, the Museum maintains collections of glasses, ceramics, metals, plastics, synthetic materials, old mining and scientific equipment, and archaeological artifacts. Many of these specimens are on display while the others are available for research and educational purposes. The country's most extensive collection of paintings and sculpture depicting mining and related industries is on display in the Museum. Also, the Museum houses the world's most extensive collection of mineral properties exhibits. These "push-button" electro-mechanical exhibits demonstrating dozens of the electrical, optical, and physical properties of minerals and materials such as fluorescence, radioactivity, magnetism, conductivity, flexibility, triboluminescence, piezoelectricity, double refraction, resistivity, and much more. Other displays include a collection of more than 100 mine safety lamps and scientific instruments and specimens belonging to Frederick Augustus Genth, the famous mineralogist. The Museum serves both as a teaching tool for University courses and as an educational institution, bringing to the general public an appreciation for minerals, mining, and the materials sciences. Stop in for a visit soon! Location: 112 Steidle Bldg., Pollock Rd. Free Admission. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m For additional information, visit www.ems.psu.edu/Museum/
  University-Wide Calendar
Look up what’s happening, what’s playing and what’s on display on-campus on any particular day: www.events.psu.edu/cgi-bin/cal/webevent.cgi For additional information, visit www.events.psu.edu/cgi-bin/cal/webevent.cgi
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