Astronomy: The Universe and Beyond
Explore the universe at SELU Observatory, where you’ll speak with astronomers, learn about distant galaxies and use cutting-edge technology to view the farthest corners of space.
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Program No. 5178RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Investigate the planets, the Sun, the Moon and the stars plus black holes, the Big Bang theory, radio astronomy and more with a team of scientists from three Virginia universities and astronomers from the SELU Observatory. This beautiful setting far removed from city lights is the perfect place to turn to the sky and unravel the mysteries of the universe.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking .5 mile from accommodation to meals and conference room. No elevator, minimum of 40 stairs a few times each day. No to a little astronomy experience required. Elevations of 3,800 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Use telescopes to view the Sun by day and the stars and galaxies by night (weather permitting, of course).
  • Astronomers and scientists share the latest in cutting-edge astronomy research.
  • Enjoy the grounds of the Mountain Lake Hotel in your free time; take a nature walk, play lawn games or tennis or choose from many more activities.

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