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Flight To Comet Sold Out But There Are Other Options
On March 16, Eclipse Travel of Bonn, Germany, will have Air Berlin's flight 1000 full of stargazers, giving them two hours closer to the comet than anyone else on the planet.
The company will fill just 88 of the 144 seats on board the Boeing 737-700, allowing everyone to have a window view at an average ticket price of $500 per person, reports TravelMole.
Wish you had booked a seat? Is astronomy your passion? You have options.
Closer to home, Spears Travel of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has a Sky & Telescope's Iceland Aurora Adventure set for April 7. Currently, the event is also sold out, but they are accepting names for a waiting list. The seven-night astronomy adventure to view the northern lights in Iceland sold for $2995 per person.
This year, Eclipse will visit the island of Tarawa, Kiribati, for its 41st Annular Solar Eclipse Tour in May and space is still available. Another tour heads to Guadalcanal in the South Pacific's Solomon Islands for a post-eclipse tour.
Even more exotic, Melitatrips, a Travel + Leisure world's best-award winner, takes the road less traveled for stargazing excursions from Argentina to Zimbabwe. This year, Melitatrips has a Kenya Total Solar Eclipse Safari promising unrivaled views "from the place where man was born," according to its website. An English Astronomers Tour returns to where the greatest scientific researchers once lived and worked, with stops in London and surrounding towns of Bath, Cambridge and Oxford, with a special visit to Greenwich Observatory and the Maritime Museum.
Sound interesting but not in the budget?
Northern hemisphere stargazers who look to the west as the sun sets should note that just to the left of the horizon they should be able to see the comet Pan-STARRS over the next few days.
"Comets visible to the naked eye are a rare delicacy in the celestial smorgasbord of objects in the nighttime sky," says NASA on its Asteroid and Comet watch page that offers viewing tips and more information about asteroids and other near-Earth objects.
Another option? Google Sky.
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