Experience the wonder and awe of the dark skies above Northstar California during our popular summer Tahoe Star Tours!
Inspired by the growing popularity of the annual summer star gazing series in the northern Sierra, Tahoe Star Tours will move its viewing venue to the Dark Skies Cosmoarium and will expand the schedule to accommodate those who want to learn about and experience the night sky Thursday through Saturday evenings from June 12 through September 27, 2014.
Offering convenient access for guests lodging or visiting the resort, the Cosmoarium will be located near the entrance to Northstar on the lower level of the Castle Peak parking area. Featuring wide, unobstructed horizons for viewing, the new location will also provide Tahoe Star Tours participants with comfortable seating, fire pits, outdoor heaters, complementary shuttle service to and from the Village at Northstar, as well as convenient, free on-site parking just a short walk from the viewing site.
Star Guide extraordinaire, Tony Berendsen, President of the Northern Nevada Science Coalition, will lead you on an exploration of the skies. He’ll provide a laser tour of the stars and you’ll get to use multiple state-of-the-art computerized Celestron telescopes, all while gathered around a fire pit, sipping hot chocolate and coffee and indulging in gooey s’mores treats. And you won’t leave empty handed – all guests will earn the status of “Star Guide” along with a badge that you can take home to remember your experiences.
8:15 - 10:45 p.m.
Alex Filippenko, Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley – Appearing August 30th
Alex Filippenko is a distinguished American. His accomplishments, documented in about 750 research papers, have been recognized by several major prizes, and he is one of the world's most highly cited astronomers. In 2009 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and he shared part of the Gruber Cosmology Prize in 2007. He has won the top teaching awards at U.C. Berkeley and has been voted the "Best Professor" on campus a record 9 times. In 2006 he was selected as the Carnegie/CASE National Professor of the Year among doctoral institutions, and in 2010 he won the ASP's Emmons Award for undergraduate teaching. He has produced five astronomy video courses with "The Great Courses," coauthored an award-winning textbook, and appears in numerous TV documentaries including about 40 episodes of "The Universe" series. He recently gave a TED Talk at TEDx Berkeley on the expansion of the universe. An avid tennis player, hiker, snorkeler, and skier, he enjoys world travel and is addicted to observing total solar eclipses (13 so far).
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*Subject to cancellation due to weather.
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