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How many times have you peered at the moon, and wondered what if you would be able to view the world from the same way only few have done. The idea of space travel has fascinated man for eons, and only the past century have we begun to unravel the idea of space travel.
If you haven’t read the news space travel, more importantly travels, or explorations, of the Moon are now becoming privatized. This privatization is creating the strong possibility of space tourism. But not space tourism as the Russians have given the world, luxury space travel.
Leading the charge for space travel is Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic. On March 12, 2013 Virgin Galactic unveiled and tested the rocket propulsion system for “SpaceShip Two.” If you go over to Virgin Galactic right now you can book a ticket for a mere $200,000USD.
But the idea of this possibility, of being able to visit the cosmos has to spark the idea of wanderlust. We are becoming a culture of people who have new horizons and barely charted frontiers. And that got me thinking about the places to see celestial events. Places where the heavens speak to you, and you can feel inspired to have travels that will last with you forever.
I don’t know where you are, but I can give you some advice to see when the best of the cosmos will be displayed, but you have to find them on your own.
March 27- Full Moon –Since March is about over, this is going to be to most significant celestial event, you can witness. It’s something that could be a reminder of your possible space travel, and the beginning of your celestial adventure travels.
April 14 – Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter – Jupiter will be close enough to see for three hours, in the western sky right after midnight. It should make for great picture because the Moon will be Crescent.
April 21, 22- Lyrids Meteor Shower – A minor meteor shower, that occurs in the beginning of the spring right after the vernal equinox on March 20th.
April 25- Partial Lunar Eclipse – A full moon and a partial lunar eclipse, but its only visible in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
May 4, 5 – Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower – A better shower than Lyrids Meteor Shower in April, but the there three more meteor showers on this list, and two of the same quality of as this.
May 10 – Annular Solar Eclipse- This eclipse happens yearly, and moves across the central Pacific Ocean starting with Australia. It is visible across the entire world.
May 25 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – This lunar eclipse can be seen only in North America, South America, and Africa.
June 12 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongated – The best time see Mercury
July 27, 28 – Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower – Another average shower, but this year it is shown under a full moon.
August 11, 12 – Perseids Meteor Shower – The second best of the year, it will rain down 30-60 meteors per hour during its peak hours. The peak hours are after Midnight, and before sunrise.
September 8 – Conjunction of the Moon and Venus / Venus and Saturn – About two hours after sunset you will be able to see the two planets and a crescent moon in the western sky.
October 18 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – Visible to the entire world except Australia and western Europe and eastern Asia.
November 3 – Hybrid Solar Eclipse – A total eclipse where the earth will completely block the Sun.
December 13, 14 – Geminids Meteor Shower. – The meteor shower of the year. This shower will bring up to 80 meteors per hour during peak hours. It is a marvelous sight, but will be slight effected by the full moon, but will still bring showers none the less.
The featured image is air bubble trapped in a water bubble in space.
I feel like as Americans we aren’t motivated to go travel our homelands; and I’m not sure if it is just an innately American ideal. I’m not sure what happened but the confines of the continental borders have become mundane and fancy is now for the exotic. How many states have you been to? How many people do you know that have been to all fifty? I myself have only been to about 29 of them, and in one trip I saw 13 of them( New Jersey to Arizona by way of Maryland through Pennsylvania.)
This was my quintessential road trip of my twenties. My On the road, spanning the country to transition into a new life. When traveling America from almost coast to coast you get to see the spectrum of what makes an American. From Pittsburgh to Chicago you feel the cold snaps and utter desolation of Ohio and Indiana. The thoughts jump into your head of Indianapolis saving you from sheer boredom of the long sweeping freshly tilled fields. They roll on for hours.
Or leaving the feeling of freedom as you sneak out of Milwaukee and fly through Nebraska ten hours later, to find more cornfields. And you remember the home in the tight suburb in New Jersey. You remember how big New York City felt, but it is minuscule in comparison.
But plowing into Colorado from the North eastern tip, and remembering classroom discussions of the plains you are now experiencing. Your car rumbles towards the twisting mountains that lead you from Denver to somewhere in Utah.
Then you make a straight b-line to Phoenix. You drive through the deserts, the plain, and you arrive into a city ten days later.
What kept me from going across country before was that I had to get back, who wants to drive for 20 days. But after that trip, I do. When you travel America, when you travel your homeland: the bare basics of it all are seen. You see the lands that men and women died for. You respect the vastness, the same vastness wary eyed pioneers saw. As they left the urbanized eastern coast to parts unknown. You see the tamed rawness of the fields that bring forth splendor. The scars of western expansion lead your from home to home.
If I had a month I would travel America. Arizona to Florida, Florida to Maine, Maine to Washington, Washington to Home. It would take a month, most definitely. However, it would be a month of Mt. Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Vegas, Wrigley Field, Both Disneyworld and Land, all the six fags, the mall of America, The Three Crosses in Iowa, those country roads, and of America.
But when do you get that month break? I am submitting An American Roadtrip for your Go Travel List. If you are unaware of a Go Travel List is, it is an order you give to yourself. And the contents of the list are where you need to go. It is a constant reminder that our time is short, and that short time should be spent traveling.
Traveling the world would be a great thing to do. Especially if you are just retired from a job from hell. Or you are compiled with work daily from your day job. Take a 3 weeks vacation travelling the world. Traveling could not be any greater. Now with the power of the internet you can get the do’s and don’ts very easily and most probably you would be enjoying yourselves.
Travelling the world is not as easy as it sounds. You would be needing a world travel guide or better still a tour guide. But it’s not easy picking a world travel guide ,or in other words, a reliable world travel guide. Picking a tour guide is the most challenging part of all. Most travel guides would be following the book and would just bring you around blindly but there is very minimal tour guides who actually possess the knowledge of traveling the world.
Traveling the world is a great thing to do but also its a very dangerous thing to do.
But as the saying goes. No Pain No gain. So what are you waiting for. Get your helmets up and get ready for battle . Start your engines and get prepared for the ride of your lifetime.