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Australian eclipse 2012: E. Australia * November 6TH-November 15th, 2012.

Let Sty & Telescope help you get the most out of the eclipse and the glories of Down Under. Join us November 8-15, 2012 for a swing through Australia, astronomy-style.

Join Greg Bryant, Editor of Australian Sky & Telescope, to bring you eclipse expertise, the latest on Australian astronomy, and a behind-the-scenes look at the innovative instrumentation and research found in Oz.

S&T visits "The Dish" at Parkes and the Siding Spring Observatory at Coonabarabran, and we'll get the latest on Australian astrophysics research from University of Sydney astrophysicist Julia Bryant, Ph.D..

North to Cairns, with suspense building. We'll relax before the eclipse with a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. Eclipse day finds us with 3 site choices for eclipse viewing: the beach, on the ground in the Outback, or in a hot air balloon out of Mareeba.

Map out a robust intellectual adventure. Reserve now, and join Sky & Telescope and kindred spirits in a timeless moment. Visit http://www.insightcruises.com/SolarEclipse

DAY 1: Nov. 8

Arrive Sydney

Upon arrival at Sydney Airport, you'll be met by a guide for a City Tour of Sydney including the Sydney Opera House, a refreshing Bondi Beach, the historic Rocks area. Early afternoon, relax on a luncheon cruise of Sydney Harbor, then check in to The Four Seasons Hotel.

Lunch provided.

DAY 2: Nov. 9

Free day in Sidney

Enjoy a day at leisure on your own. We highly recommend the Royal Botanic Garden (with its famous flying foxes), and The Art Gallery of New South Wales, both within easy walking distance from our hotel. The Taronga Zoo is renowned for its Australian wildlife.

Breakfast provided.

DAY 3: Nov. 10

Travel to Parkes

Today we head out to Australia's astronomy corridor. We'll traverse the UNESCO World Heritage Blue Mountains pausing in Katoomba for the view. We'll head into central New South Wales for lunch in a country town. On through picturesque farmland, arriving at Parkes in late afternoon. We'll have dinner and take an informal first look at Southern Hemisphere skies.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

DAY 4: Nov. 11

Parkes Observatory

Up the Newell Highway lays the Australia Telescope National Facility, Parkes Observatory: The Dish. We'll receive exclusive briefings on the work from the 64-meter parabolic dish, and hear about Parkes' role central in the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

DAY 5: Nov. 12

Siding Spring Observatory

Wake up in Coonabarabran to birdsong. After breakfast we head to Siding Spring Observatory, Australia's optical astronomy center. Get the scoop on cutting-edge tools and exploration at the AAO with an exclusive briefing, and visit some of the dozen other observatories on site..

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

DAY 6: Nov. 13

The Great Barrier Reef

All aboard Green Island Reef Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef among the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Green Island National Park's tropical vine forest is home to 60 species of birds. Offshore in the surrounding reef, green and hawksbill turtles, clams, fish, stingrays, and a diversity of creatures live.

Breakfast and lunch provided.

DAY 7: Nov. 14

ECLIPSE DAY ... at Dawn

Option One: On the Beach This beach was selected for weather and viewing prospects, positioned at a spot which is above high-tide line for the entire eclipse. We'll have a breakfast buffet going before, during, and after the eclipse and a comfortable, safe place to store your equipment or recharge your batteries.

Options Two and Three: In The Outback You can head to the statistically sunniest spot in the Outback, on the dry side of the Great Dividing Range. Once there, choose an option:

* Observe on the ground at a site in the Outback

* Hop into a hot air balloon in Mareeba

DAY 8: Nov. 15

Fly Home

PRICING: $8,999 per person (pp) based on double occupancy. There is a $500pp early-bird discount if booked by March 31, 2012. Air to/from LAX, plus flights inside Australia, are included. For full terms and conditions please visit: http://InsightCruises.com/Sky-4

For more info call 650-787-5665 or concierge@InSightCruises.com
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