Tahoe Star Tours Introduces Star Gazers to an Explorative Evening Under the Night Sky

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Kayaking, String Quartet Performances and Other Activities Incorporated into Star Gazing Experience

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New partnerships allow us to offer star gazers unique opportunities not only to learn about the night sky, but to pair it with kayaking on Lake Tahoe or listening to the sounds of an incredible string quartet.

With the summer season on the horizon, travelers making plans to visit Lake Tahoe are invited to explore the wonder of the starry night sky in a different way with Tahoe Star Tours, the premier star gazing experience in North Lake Tahoe, sponsored by Celestron Telescopes. This season, Tahoe Star Tours has partnered with Northstar California Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Adventure Company to offer participants distinctive opportunities to experience the night sky in the Sierra – whether it’s a traditional tour of the night sky, or one paired with activities such as kayaking, musical performances by Accent string quartet, or a “Space Jam” featuring a special guest speaker.

Star guide and poet, Tony Berendsen, president of the Northern Nevada Science Coalition, leads each tour, with every one featuring a lively science-based talk about the cosmos, poetry reading and telescopic viewing exclusively featuring use of multiple telescopes provided by the world’s leading telescope manufacturer, Celestron. These telescopes use leading edge computerized technology enabling sharp, accurate pointing and tracking, with optics for clear, clean images.

“This season, we’ll use Celestron’s 14-inch computerized telescope for the first time, allowing for deep space viewing of galaxies, clusters and nebulae,” said Tony Berendsen, operator of Tahoe Star Tours. “We’ve also expanded our partnership with Northstar, as well as created new partnerships with The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Adventure Company, allowing us to offer star gazers unique opportunities not only to learn about the night sky, but to pair it with kayaking on Lake Tahoe or listening to the sounds of an incredible string quartet.”

Traditional Tahoe Star Tours
Scheduled to begin June 21 on the mountain at Northstar, with multiple event dates in June, July, August and September, and special guests featured on Aug. 10, Aug. 11, Aug. 31 and Sept. 14. Guests will include:

Mike Simmons, president of Astronomers Without Borders – Aug. 10
Learn about Mike’s passionate quest to bring people from all over the world out under the starry skies we all share. Every April, the world celebrates Global Astronomy Month thanks to his efforts.

Annette Markin and the ‘Perseid Meteor Shower Americana-style’ – Aug. 11
Annette will tell her story of restoring a 1959 vintage Shasta camping trailer she named ‘Rosaly’ in order to travel the U.S. and experience the awesome beauty of North America.

Tribute to Carl Sagan with Emily Lakdawalla, senior editor and planetary evangelist of the Planetary Society – Aug. 31
Carl Sagan was an inspirational scientist and champion of raising public awareness of science and astronomy through his books, the Cosmos Series. Join Emily to honor Carl’s life and learn about her role as the Senior Editor of the Planetary Society.

Tribute to Carl Sagan with Melodi Rodrique, PhD – Sept. 14
Melodi is an astrophysicist teaching at the University of Nevada, Reno, and co-founder of Tahoe Star Tours. She will join Tony in honor of Carl Sagan, sharing personal stories of inspiration and giving away a few of his books.

Tahoe Star Tours events are $30 for adults, and $15 for children ages 12 and under. Guests are encouraged to bring their curiosity and to enjoy the night sky free from the obstruction of city lights. Event dates, details and ticket information for all Tahoe Star Tours taking place at Northstar can be found online at http://www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.

Sunset Kayak and Tahoe Star Tour on Lake Tahoe
A new opportunity this summer, visitors seeking a bit of adventure can experience Lake Tahoe at sunset with a guided kayak tour, followed by an illuminating star gazing session. Tours will include all kayak gear and knowledgeable guides, a Star Tour led by Tony Berendsen, hot drinks and snacks. These tours will be offered June 29, July 12, August 12 and September 7, and can be booked online at http://www.tahoeadventurecompany.com for $75 per person.

Tahoe Star Tours featuring Accent String Quartet
Offered on select dates over the summer season, Tahoe Star Tours will provide a unique experience to enjoy Accent, the Reno, Nevada based chamber music ensemble comprised of highly trained local artists. Tahoe Star Tours featuring Accent string quartet are offered July 6, July 27 and August 17, with the artists performing live in the Butterfly Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Tickets are available for $75 for adults, and $50 for ages 18 and under online at http://www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.

Advance reservations for all Tahoe Star Tours events are recommended, and all tours are offered weather and conditions permitting. Groups interested in coordinating their own Tahoe Star Tours event are invited to do so through Northstar California Resort by calling Adele Attix at (530) 562-8024. For more information and the complete schedule of events, visit http://www.TahoeStarTours.com.

About Tony Berendsen and Tahoe Star Tours

Tony Berendsen is an award-winning amateur astronomer residing in Reno, Nevada. He is President of the Northern Nevada Science Coalition, a past President of the Astronomical Society of Nevada, and has been showing the skies above northern Nevada and California for the past 15 years, including five years at the Fleischmann Planetarium observatory in Reno. He writes astronomy articles for local publications, and specializes in astronomy outreach by conducting star gazing sessions of the Sierra sky. Every Tahoe Star Tours event is as different as the starry skies above, and each one opens with a poem, a compelling and passionate star talk, followed by telescopic viewing exclusively featuring Celestron telescopes, hot drinks and snacks bars by Nature Valley, the official snack of Tahoe Star Tours.

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