MIR Tours: Celestial Sightings
There’s no rest in the skies these days – and nights – with upcoming meteor showers, eclipses, and Northern Lights. Several of these astronomical events are in MIR destinations. Here’s a preview:
On the first day of spring, March 20, 2015, light will become night for nearly three minutes of totality on the Faroe Islands between Iceland and Scotland. The Path of Totality will partially cover many MIR destinations, including:
- Bulgaria, Ukraine and Moldova
- Western Russia
- South Caucasus
- Parts of Central Asia
- Parts of Siberia
It’s a great celestial reason to time a MIR custom private journey in March to one of these regions.
While there are no set dates for viewing the Northern Lights, your odds for catching them increase from late September to March, when they appear more frequently.
And coming up in 2015, we’re introducing a new journey by private train that chases the Northern Lights above the Arctic Circle into polar Russia and Norway. It’s called Arctic Explorer.
- Perseids: August 11-13, 2014. A summertime classic, the Perseids are best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere an hour or two before dawn, with a high density count of about 50 stars an hour.
- Geminid: December 13-14, 2014. Also best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere, Geminid is a holiday gift that lasts all night with stars shooting at a whopping rate of 75 an hour.
- Rising Stars: Be on the lookout for these upcoming meteor showers: Draconid on October 9, 2014: Orionid on October 21-22, and Leonid on November 17-18. They aren’t as abundant in falling stars as the Perseids and Geminid, but still fun to watch.
Some MIR tours to Siberia stop by the Baikal Astrophysical Observatory in Listvyanka on Lake Baikal, Siberia. It features a large solar telescope – perfect for viewing in the near-total darkness of Siberia.
In 2008, MIR led travelers to Novosibirsk in Siberia to view the total eclipse of the sun. You can also book a custom private journey to view upcoming celestial sightings in the months and seasons ahead.
(Top photo credit: NASA)
PUBLISHED: August 28, 2014