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Star Gazing tour at Northstar-at-Tahoe (summer)

5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, California
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Type: Guided Tours
Ages: All Ages
Cost: $$
Hours of operation: most Fri and Sat nights in summer (check website)

Offered most nights at 8 pm, Tahoe Star Tours is an interactive star gazing session that includes an educational talk and exploration of the night sky by use of impressively high powered telescopes. Kids are included (and encouraged to ask questions) by expert Tony, and everyone in our group, from age 7 to 37, were entertained. We learned about super novas and constellations and viewed Saturn and Mars from the telescopes. The Tahoe night sky was amazing…the stars literally pop here. Bring a sweater for everyone, as it gets chilly in the mountains once the sun goes down. Tahoe Star Tours is sponsored by Celestron Telescopes and Nature Valley.

Tip: The 10:30 shuttle does take some time to weave its way back down the mountain and drop off all passengers: we didn't get back to our Northstar vacation rental until almost 11:30 pm. If you have young children who don't want to be out that late, it's also possible to leave the program at 10:15 pm, walk back up the hill to the Highlands Gondola, and take it back down before it shuts down at 10:30. (To make use of this option, however, you need your own transportation in the Village.)  


1 Review for Star Gazing tour at Northstar-at-Tahoe (summer)

July 15 2012
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"Tahoe Star Tours at Northstar"

The Northstar Tahoe Star Tours program is popular: on the night we attended this 2 1/2 tour of the night sky, over 25 other guests joined us. Offered most nights at 8 pm, this interactive session includes an educational talk and exploration of the night sky by use of impressively high powered telescopes. Kids are included (and encouraged to ask questions) by expert Tony, and everyone in our group, from age 7 to 37, were entertained. We learned about super novas and constellations and viewed Saturn and Mars from the telescopes. The Tahoe night sky was amazing…the stars literally pop here.

The program meets at 8:15 at the top of the Highlands gondola, takes place just below at the Lodge at Big Springs, and ends at 10:30. Northstar shuttles stop running at 10 pm in summer, and the Highlands Gondola stops at 10:30, but a shuttle specially called to pick tour participants up right at the program venue, so there's no need to worry about time.

Tip: The 10:30 shuttle does take some time to weave its way back down the mountain and drop off all passengers: we didn't get back to our Northstar vacation rental until almost 11:30 pm. If you have young children who don't want to be out that late, it's also possible to leave the program at 10:15 pm, walk back up the hill to the Highlands Gondola, and take it back down before it shuts down at 10:30. (To make use of this option, however, you need your own transportation in the Village.)

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