year, travel with The Planetary Society!
Lava Flows to Observing the Night Skies...
It is simply “Out of this World!”
October 2-9, 2010
invite you to join us in 2010, as we explore the greatest
place on Earth to view our solar system, the planets,
In Hawaii, spectacular clear skies and high elevation
observatories offer the best viewing in America! Thirteen
telescopes focus on the wonders of the night sky, from
star clusters to companion galaxies! Scientists can
see literally “Out of this World!” into
the vastness of space with amazing accuracy.
On this expedition, we will introduce the natural wonders
Hawaii—from lava flows to spectacular sea life!
We will also show you some of the great astronomical
observatories, which generate an enormous amount of
information about our solar system, galaxies, black
holes, and beyond!
In Hawaii, earth's forces create new land right before
our eyes, as lava streams forth from volcanoes rising
33,000 feet from the ocean floor. The Pacific is home
to a profusion
of life—from whales to sea turtles, fish to rays,
many of which we can see while snorkeling.
More than a thousand years ago, indigenous people followed
the stars across the Pacific from Tahiti to settle Hawaii,
and brought Polynesian culture with them. In recent
centuries, European explorers followed the same stars
across the Pacific and discovered Tahiti, Hawaii, and
Our journey will begin in Kailua-Kona—on the dry
side of the
Big Island of Hawaii—where old black ribbons of
lava flow to
the sea. Here we will see Galaxy Garden, inspired by
planetary artist Jon Lomberg, with a botanic scale model
of the Milky Way Galaxy.
We will cross the island between the two largest volcanoes
on Hawaii, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. En route, we will
the W.M. Keck Observatory headquarters on the famous
Parker Ranch to learn about their discoveries.
At 9,300 feet on the slope of Mauna Kea we will visit
the Onizuka Visitor Center and then transfer to 4-wheel
drive vehicles to go to the summit of Mauna Kea, at
13,796 feet, and see some of the world’s largest
We will stay until sunset for a commanding view in all
directions. We will then return to Onizuka to look through
telescopes at the wonders of the universe as seen from
At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we will see ancient
lava formations which built the island and hot molten
lava that is flowing to the sea. We will drive as close
as we can down the Chain of Craters Road to the two
latest eruptions, Halemaumau and Kilauea at the coast.
At the world class ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of
Hawaii we will explore the Hawaiian cultural and navigational
understanding of the stars with realtime information
obtained from the 13 telescopes on the Big Island.
Throughout our journey, we will explore new discoveries
and the continuing effort to unlock the mysteries of
the universe and nature's paradise of lava and sea.
We invite travelers with an appetite for adventure and
discovery to explore the day and night wonderland of
our 50th state this year.
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