Photo courtesy of Dennis Mammana
Courtesy of Andre Ashley,
Altai China Eclipse August 1, 2008
See the Total Solar Eclipse November 14, 2012!
AUSTRALIA Eclipse 2012
Come Explore With The Planetary Society
November 5-16, 2012 with optional New Guinea Extension November 15-20, 2012
Dear Members & Friends:
We invite you to explore Australia & New Guinea with us
in 2012 and to see the Total Solar Eclipse November 14,
This expedition will be a wonderful introduction to Australia,
from its aboriginal heritage to the modern era. We will also
discover classic Australian landscapes from the harbors of
New South Wales to iconic Ayer’s Rock, Alice Springs, and the
tropical northeast in Queensland!
The trip will culminate in the Total Solar Eclipse in Cairns,
overlooking the Great Barrier Reef!
More than 40,000 years ago a small population of indigenous
people first inhabited the vast island continent of Australia.
These people migrated from the islands of Indonesia while
New Guinea was still attached to Australia.
Europeans long suspected the existence of “Australia
Incognita,” yet, it was not until the 1768-1771 voyage of
Lieutenant James Cook that Australia was discovered by
Europeans. He claimed this new land for England and called
it New South Wales. This led to the beginning of European
migration to Australia in 1788.
Today, the land and life in Australia captivates travelers,
just as they intrigued the early explorers. Interwoven with the
unique natural heritage and indigenous cultures are 200 years
of European settlement, culture, and development. A sparkling
tradition of hospitality, fine opera, superb gardens, parks,
and modern science now characterizes the mysterious “terra
incognita” of the Southern Hemisphere!
Our trip will include:
- Sydney, cosmopolitan heart of Australia—discover the
historic Rocks area, and Australian wildlife at the Taronga
Park Zoo. Learn about Australia’s astronomical heritage,
current Mars program, and Australia’s deep space research
- Ayer’s Rock, the Olgas, & Alice Springs—explore these
iconic images of the Australian Outback, including the Henbury
Meteor Craters and go star gazing in the brilliant night skies.
- Tjapukai Aboriginal Park—enjoy this showcase of
fascinating culture in tropical Queensland.
- Green Island, a delightful coral cay on the Great Barrier
Reef, surrounded by a multicolored world of coral, giant clams,
seabirds, tropical fish, crabs, and sponges—an extravaganza
to relish while snorkeling or by glass bottom boat.
- Cairns and the Total Solar Eclipse, from a base in
Australia’s tropical resort city, at the edge of the Atherton
Tableland and Great Barrier Reef, see the Total Eclipse from
The New Guinea Extension will give a delightful introduction
to this fascinating country, with Tufi Lodge as our home
base. Amazing cultural experiences await you, as well as a look
at New Guinea’s superb natural heritage!
Enjoy leadership by Betchart naturalist Bob Nansen,
popular leader of many Planetary Society eclipse trips.
We hope you will join us to explore Australia and
New Guinea and see the 2012 Total Solar Eclipse!
Bill Nye, The Science Guy®
From $4,995 plus air.
New Guinea Extension Fee: $1,995 plus air.
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