The Stars and the Sky: A Week With the Scientists at Penn State University
Learn how to read the sky as you discover the science behind weather forecasting or astronomy from captivating discussions and exciting excursions with Penn State experts.
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Program No. 14314RJ
6 days
Starts at
6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5B 4L 4D
Solar System, Mars & Stars, Sky Observation
University Park/State College, PA
Stars, Black Holes, Wormholes
University Park/State College, PA
Galaxy Classification, The Big Bang Theory
University Park/State College, PA
Review, Program Concludes
University Park/State College, PA
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At a Glance

The sky is not the limit on this learning adventure! Choose your week to study astronomy or meteorology alongside some of the nation’s leading scientists at Penn State University. Behind-the-scenes excursions and expert-led discussions allow for the exploration of weather patterns or asteroid impacts, while using the most cutting-edge technology the university has to offer. Discover how the universe was created or how climate change now affects its atmosphere in state-of-the-art research facilities. With the help of top-notch instructors, you’ll soon discover how it’s perfectly fine to keep your head in the clouds.
Activity Level
Easy Going
A shuttle is available to transport participants from the hotel to the campus.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Choose the Meteorology date and learn how to read radar, observational networks and understand numerical weather prediction with demonstrations from expert meteorologists.
  • Choose the Astronomy date and learn from knowledgeable astronomers about Mars in 3-D and dark energy while searching for planets and life around other stars.
  • Utilize the advanced technology offered at the university, like a large research-grade telescope and an impressive radar tracking system.
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David J. Stensrud
David Stensrud is a Professor and Head of the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State. Dr. Stensrud is well known for his studies on short-range ensemble forecasting and data assimilation, severe weather prediction, convective-scale predictability and the North American monsoon. For 27 years prior to his transition to Penn State, Stensrud was a Research Meteorologist at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory. He received his bachelor’s in mathematics and meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his master’s and Ph.D. in meteorology.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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David J. Stensrud
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Bill Syrett
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