See the Total Lunar Eclipse October 7, 2014!
October 5-13, 2014
Join us to see the Total Lunar Eclipse in
Hawaii, October 7th, and to explore the natural
wonders of Hawaii—from lava flows to massive
tree ferns. We will also show you some of the
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, colorful birds and
endemic flowers, many of which we can see
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. In the
evening, we will enjoy the Total
We will cross the island between the
two largest volcanoes on Hawaii, Mauna
Loa and Mauna Kea. En route, we will
visit the W.M. Keck Observatory head quarters
near the famous Parker Ranch to learn about their
We will drive to the summit of Mauna Kea, at
13,796 feet, and see sunset from the mountain top
near some of the world’s largest observatories.
We will return to Onizuka Visitor Center to look
through telescopes at the wonders of the universe
as seen from 19ºN latitude.
At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we will see
ancient lava formations which built the island
from hot molten lava as it flows to the sea.
At the world class ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
of Hawaii we will explore the Hawaiian cultural
and navigational understanding of the stars
with real-time information obtained from the
13 telescopes on the Big Island.
Throughout our journey, we will enjoy leadership
by outstanding naturalists, Rob & Susan McGovern,
and guest astronomical experts.
We invite travelers with an appetite for adventure
and discovery to explore the day and night
wonder land of our 50th state and
enjoy the Total Lunar Eclipse!
Margaret M. Betchart
Betchart Expeditions Inc.
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