See the Transit of Venus—the last one in your lifetime!
SIBERIA & LAKE BAIKAL
This year, travel with The Planetary Society!
June 1-12, 2012
We invite you to join us for
the extraordinary opportunity
to see the Transit of Venus,
June 1-12, 2012, as we explore
Siberia & Lake Baikal!
Join us!... And watch Venus
slowly pass across the disk of the
Sun!—an amazing phenomenon
first predicted by Johann Kepler
in 1631 and an inspiration for
the great voyage of Captain Cook
The Transit of Venus is
extremely rare. The last one
occurred in 2004. Due to the
nature of the motion of Venus,
the Transits of Venus occur in
twos and the next one will be in
2012. After that there will be no
others until 2117. So the June 6,
2012 Transit of Venus is a last-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Our 12-day journey will begin
in Moscow where we will
discover the enchantment of
Moscow’s Kremlin, with its
frescoed Archangel Cathedral,
Armory Museum, political
offices, and historic buildings.
We will have a special visit to
Star City, where Russia’s cosmonauts and astronauts
from many countries train.
We will then fly to Irkutsk, the “Paris of Siberia,” with
striking gold-domed churches and wooden homes with
blue and green shutters.
The next day, we will go to the Lake Baikal Solar
Observatory where we will observe the Transit of Venus!
It is a great natural phenomenon and will be a never-to-be-forgotten
The transit lasts for six hours and so we will aim to spend
the afternoon at the observatory viewing it. Passengers
may also wish to bring their
Afterwards, we will board M/V Vampilov, a comfortable
ship with modest accommodations
for 30 participants
We will venture more than
250 miles up Lake Baikal. The
Russian “Galapagos Islands,”
Baikal is the single richest
location in Russia for endemism,
a fabulous reservoir of unique
flora and fauna. Lake Baikal is
the oldest and deepest lake in
the world, and stores nearly
20% of the freshwater on earth.
It contains more than 1,500
species unique to Baikal, and
hundreds more endemics on the
Our visit will include
Pribaikalsky and Zabaikalsky
National Parks; Maloe More,
the “small sea” and Olkhon
Island, to visit the fishing
village, school, and museum.
We will walk along the marble
headlands of Baikal’s famous “
Shaman Rock” and explore
the Ushkanyi Islands, home to the “nerpa” seals of
Join us... as we discover the delights
of Siberia and the Transit of Venus,
which has fascinated astronomers
for 380 years!
Bill Nye, The Science Guy ®
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