Costa Ricais a favorite
destination for travelers because of its agreeable
climate, spectacular natural scenery, and friendly
people. Although this small Central American country is
a mecca for bird enthusiasts, what few realize is that
it is also a superb destination for amateur astronomers
seeking views of the southern sky’s many splendors.
Imagine viewing the Large Magellanic Cloud, Omega
Centauri, the Southern Cross, the Eta Carinae Nebula,
and countless other deep-sky wonders in tropical comfort
from a dark-sky site. Now you can!
International and well-known astronomy author Gary Seronik
invite you to join us February 21-28 for a week of
stargazing and relaxation. Our Costa Rica Star Lodge is situated at a specially
selected location that offers a superb combination of
first-rate sky conditions and amenities. At 10° north
latitude, our site is 15° farther south than the Florida
Keys and 10° more southerly than the Big Island of Hawaii —
which means that horizon-hugging southern targets will be
10° to 15° higher in the sky than from those locales.
And you don’t have to endure a
long, grueling flight or tiresome jet lag to get there —
Costa Rica is just a 2.5-hour flight from Miami and is in
the Central time zone!
Our dark-sky observing site is a
coastal location in the most arid part of the country. In
addition, we have timed our tour to coincide with the new
Moon and the driest time of year to ensure the greatest
number of clear, star-filled nights. Tour participants will
be treated to an unobstructed southern horizon and a grassy,
dust-free observing area only a few steps away from their
rooms, where North American standard 120-volt, 60-Hz AC
power is available.
climate, perfect sky, perfect accommodations, and easy
access. What more could you desire for a southern-sky
destination? Join us and discover the wonders of Costa Rica
and the southern sky!
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