Costa Rica Southern Sky Party

February 27 - March 6, 2011

The starlit tradition continues! TravelQuest International and well-known astronomy author Gary Seronik invite you to join us for our 8th annual Costa Rica Southern-Sky Party, running from February 27th to March 6th, 2011.

Costa Rica is a favorite destination for travelers around the world because of its agreeable climate, spectacular natural scenery, and friendly people. Although this small Central American country is a mecca for bird enthusiasts, it is also a superb destination for stargazers 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 treasures of the southern Milky Way in tropical comfort from a dark-sky site. Now you can!

You’ll enjoy the rare combination of superb viewing conditions and first-rate amenities at our Costa Rica Star Lodge. Our tour is timed to coincide with new Moon and the driest time of year to provide the greatest possible number of clear, star-filled nights. You’ll be treated to an unobstructed southern horizon and a grassy, dust-free observing area only a few steps away from your room, where North American standard 120-volt, 60-Hz AC power is available.

At 10° north latitude, our viewing 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!

A perfect climate, perfect sky, perfect accommodations, and a great group of like-minded, easy going travelers. What more could you desire for a southern-sky destination? Join us and discover the wonders of Costa Rica and the riches of the southern night sky!

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