Rafting with the stars (and meteors)!
An astronomically fun trip on the Green River (and through time)
The stars align!
A waxing crescent moon along with Utah’s renowned dark skies promise for a solid display of shooting stars, culminating with the peak of the Perseid meteor shower on the final night.
Imagine lying on a big sandy beach along the spectacular Green River on a warm summer night watching the stars fall and then also being able to Google all your questions. This trip is sort of like that.
Every 133 years the Swift-Tuttle comet passes by our little planet and leaves behind a trail of dust and debris. Then every August we pass through the trail and are treated to a spectacular light show of “shooting stars” (technically, “meteors”, but we’re going to limit technicalities on this trip). The 2021 peak of the Perseids Meteor Shower will be the last night of the trip and John Keller, professor of astronomy at UC Boulder, (and the closest thing to riverside Google access as we’re going to get), will be joining us to explain what’s going on.
In addition to meteors, John will also share insights into his newest fascination: ancient and modern sky watching, a human tradition spanning across all cultures throughout time. Pictographs, constellations, medicine wheels, extraterrestrial life, the past, the future; dang, we’re gonna be up all night.
2021 Stargazing Trip
Green River – Lodore Canyon
August 9 – 12, 2021
Youths (7 – 17): $999.00
Meet John Keller
The other star of the show
John has enjoyed discussing meteors, cosmology, and everything in between with ARTA guests and guides since the summer of 2013. He studied biology at Stanford University as an undergraduate and planetary science at the University of Arizona for his PhD. He’s taught middle schoolers at AstroCamp, high schoolers in the Bay Area, and undergraduates at both Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the University of Colorado Boulder.
He is currently an astronomy faculty member and Director of Fiske Planetarium at CU Boulder.
John enjoys hiking, mountain biking, rafting, and the outdoors. He especially loves sharing the universe with others.
It was perfect and John was so interesting. I learned so much but all I can remember is how amazing it was. You have to do this trip again.