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Don’t Miss This Summer Fun

Don’t miss all this fun Early Bird Incentive ENDS SOON!

Register your camper on or before December 24th, 2016 and save money with our Early Bird Incentive Program!
Incentive pricing indicated in RED!

AstroCamp Summer • One-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 8 – 13

One-Week Session 1:  June 10 – June 16        $1,300 (Before December 24th – $1,200)
One-Week Session 2:  June 17 – June 23        $1,400 (Before December 24th – $1,300)
One-Week Session 3:  June 24 – June 30        $1,400 (Before December 24th – $1,300)

Please Note: AstroCamp One-Week Sessions Run From Saturday To Friday!

NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE.

AstroCamp Summer • Two-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 12 – 17

Two-Week Session 1:  July 2 – July 14        $2,400 (Before December 24th – $2,300)
Two-Week Session 2:  July 16 – July 28      $2,400 (Before December 24th – $2,300)

Please Note: AstroCamp Two-Week Sessions Run From Sunday To Friday!

A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE.

Applying and Registration 

All of our camp sessions fill up very quickly, so APPLY EARLY!

Click HERE to register now!

For additional information or questions, please contact us.
Phone: 800.645.1423 or 909.625.6194
Fax: 909.625.9977 or 909.625.7305
AstroCamp • 27282 Calle Arroyo • San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Email: AstroCamp Registrar
Office Hours M-F: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Lunch 12:30-1:00)

Dance or Shake into Registration

Dance, move, harlem shake or do whatever you have to, to get to AstroCamp Today!

Registration NOW Open with Early Bird Incentive Program

Register your camper on or before December 24th, 2016 and save money with our Early Bird Incentive Program!
Incentive pricing indicated in RED!

AstroCamp Summer • One-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 8 – 13

One-Week Session 1:  June 10 – June 16        $1,300 (Before December 24th – $1,200)
One-Week Session 2:  June 17 – June 23        $1,400 (Before December 24th – $1,300)
One-Week Session 3:  June 24 – June 30        $1,400 (Before December 24th – $1,300)

Please Note: AstroCamp One-Week Sessions Run From Saturday To Friday!

NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE.

AstroCamp Summer • Two-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 12 – 17

Two-Week Session 1:  July 2 – July 14        $2,400 (Before December 24th – $2,300)
Two-Week Session 2:  July 16 – July 28      $2,400 (Before December 24th – $2,300)

Please Note: AstroCamp Two-Week Sessions Run From Sunday To Friday!

A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE.

Applying and Registration 

All of our camp sessions fill up very quickly, so APPLY EARLY!

Click HERE to register now!

For additional information or questions, please contact us.
Phone: 800.645.1423 or 909.625.6194
Fax: 909.625.9977 or 909.625.7305
AstroCamp • 27282 Calle Arroyo • San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Email: AstroCamp Registrar
Office Hours M-F: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Lunch 12:30-1:00)

You Are Here! It’s Earth Day!

We live in a tiny place in the middle of a vast emptiness. Our rocky planet orbits an average-sized home star at an almost unimaginable distance of 93 million miles.The fastest spacecraft in history, as of this writing, are Helios I and II; at their peak speeds of over 150,000mph, they’d take three and a half weeks to make the trip– one way. Even light, so fast that to the human eye it appears to travel instantaneously, takes more than eight minutes to reach Earth from the sun.

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The scope of this image is absolutely incredible. It shows four entire clusters of galaxies colliding! Credit: NASA/ESA.

Beyond our solar system, the space between objects scales up exponentially. Light takes eight minutes to travel from the sun to Earth; it takes more than four years to reach us from Proxima Centauri, the next-closest star. This stellar neighbor, like our own sun, is one of hundreds of billions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy– which is one of hundreds of billions of galaxies spread throughout the observable universe. Our closest neighbor galaxy, Andromeda, is two and a half million light-years away, and contains about ten times as many stars as the Milky Way. By order-of-magnitude estimates, there are more stars in the cosmos than there are grains of sand on Earth.

This planet is a small home in an immense universe, but it’s probably far from unique. Our knowledge of other, relatively Earth-like planets has exploded in recent years thanks to the Kepler telescope. This space-based giant surveys the sky near the constellation Cygnus, looking for dips in the brightness of stars between a few hundred and a few thousand light-years away. If the same star dims by the same amount at least three times at regular intervals, an orbiting planet is likely to be blocking some of its light.

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The Kepler Space Telescope’s field of view. Credit: NASA.

Since its launch in 2009, Kepler has directly observed 2,700 planet candidates. Keep in mind that this telescope scans just one-quarter of one percent of the night sky, chosen for its conveniently observable location. We have no reason to believe that this patch of sky is particularly rich in planets or otherwise special. If there are 2,700 planets in this tiny field of view, it’s likely that the whole sky hides over a million! With so many exoplanets out there, some will probably have habitable conditions.

The question of whether another Earth exists is, however, mostly an academic one. At this stage in history, humanity is taking baby steps towards visiting (and eventually colonizing) another rock in our own solar system: Mars. It seems to be an achievable goal, and organizations like NASA have outlined plans to make it a reality within a handful of decades. The spacecraft and life support systems necessary for such a trip are currently being developed and tested.

Earth Day - PaleBlueDot

Earth from four billion miles away, as seen by the Voyager 1 spacecraft. This iconic image inspired Carl Sagan’s description of Earth as “a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” Credit: NASA.

At its shortest, the journey from Earth to Mars covers about 55 million miles. The closest known exoplanets are millions of times farther away, well outside the reach of foreseeable space travel technology. A visit to our red neighbor planet represents a physically small step into space, but nonetheless a monumental development in our species’ practical abilities. Until that happens, this pale blue dot in space, as Sagan famously said, is where we make our stand.

Cover Photo Credit: NASA

Written By: Caela Barry

Early Bird Incentive Ends Soon!

Here is some of our summer fun for your enjoyment!

Sign up before December 31st, 2015 and SAVE $$$$!

To Register Click HERE

AstroCamp Summer • One-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 8 – 14 

One-Week Session 1:  June 11 – June 17         $1,050 ($1,200 after 12/31/15)
One-Week Session 2:  June 18 – June 24         $1,150 ($1,300 after 12/31/15)
One-Week Session 3:  June 25 – July 1             $1,150 ($1,300 after 12/31/15)

Please note: AstroCamp  One-Week Sessions run from Saturday to Friday

Space is limited in some sessions. A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE

AstroCamp Summer • Two-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 12 – 17

Two-Week Session 1:  July 3 – July 15          $2,150 ($2,300 after 12/31/15)
Two-Week Session 2:  July 17 – July 29        $2,150 ($2,300 after 12/31/15)

Please note: AstroCamp Two-Week sessions run from Sunday to Friday

Space is limited in some sessions. A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE.

Applying and Registration 

All of our camp sessions fill up very quickly, so APPLY EARLY! Our online registration system is open for registration.  For additional information or questions, please contact us.

Phone: 800.645.1423 or 909.625.6194
Fax: 909.625.9977 or 909.625.7305
AstroCamp • P. O. Box 1360 • Claremont, CA 91711
Email: AstroCamp Registrar
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Lunch 12:30-1:00)

Here’s a taste of one of our popular summer activities, 3D Printing. Don’t miss out on all this FUN!!!

How Do You Pack for Camp?

We hope you enjoyed our silly video on how we at the Guided Discoveries office pack for camp. Now, we need your help!!!We want you to put together a silly, creative, short video on how and/or what you pack for camp. The video should be no longer than one minute and no shorter than 6 seconds. Your video might be shown on any or all of our social media platforms. Please email your videos to Alisa VinZant at alisa@gdi.org. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-625-1423.

If you don’t want to or you don’t like doing videos then there is another option for you to win. We want to know why camp is important to you? How camp has made a difference in your life? What do you love about it and why do you keep coming back? Basically, what does camp mean to you! Please write your answers in paragraph form. You are welcome to write as little or as much as you wish!

Again, please send all videos and what camp means to you paragraphs to Alisa VinZant at alisa@gdi.org. Please call 1-800-625-1423 if you have any questions or concerns. All entries must be received by May 22, 2015. Happy taping and writing! We look forward to seeing you at camp soon!!!

Gear Up for Summer Giveaway

We are excited to announce the Gear Up for Summer Giveaway! Check out what you can win.

AstroCamp Gear Up for Summer Giveaway prize includes an AstroCamp hoodie, t-shirt, frisbee, and water bottle, AstroCamp created 3D Print, fun science t-shirt, as well as a large poster and NASA Goodies. AstroCamp instructors not included.

You can earn entires by registering for camp, writing a camp review, submitting Throwback Thursday Photos or commenting on our blog post. Please take a look at the contest and feel free to make multiple entries to increase your chances! Prizes can only be delivered to those within the United States and photos submitted will be shared on AstroCamp Social Media sites. Fun science t-shirt and poster sizes and pictures vary. When submitting photos please email them to Alisa VinZant at alisa.gdi.org. Happy contest entering and Good Luck!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Today at Guided Discoveries we are thankful for so many things. Thank you to Ross and Kristi Turner who started it all over 35 years ago. Please watch these videos to find out just a few of the things we are thankful for at AstroCamp and CIMI. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

CIMI

ASTROCAMP

Summer Camp Registration Open

AstroCamp, our premier science and adventure program for summer camp in California is now open for camper registration. Register now and you will receive last year’s rates, a savings of up to $255.00. This amazing savings will ONLY be available until December 31st. You can choose from one or two-week sessions.

The 1-week campers ages 8-14 will spend their mornings at our core activities such as rockets, the study of meteors, solar energy, GPS treasure hunting and much, much more. The afternoon is comprised of designing your own adventure. All of AstroCamp’s activities are hands-on and designed for campers to build their scientific knowledge, independence, and confidence as well as enjoy their time with friends and our professional staff.

One-Week Session 1:  June 13 – 19 *      $1,050.00
One-Week Session 2:  June 20 – 26        $1,150.00
One-Week Session 3:  June 27 – July 3   $1,150.00

Rates: *AstroCamp Session 1 is $1,050.00 (Sign up before December 31st and pay last year’s rate $850.00). AstroCamp Sessions 2 and 3 are $1,150.00 each (Sign up before December 31st and pay last year’s rate of $950.00)

The 2-week campers ages 10-17 design their own schedules by choosing from more than 40 different activities including new classes such as Dungeons and Dragons, LARPing, blacksmithing plus many more. Beyond all of the great science, adventure, and hands-on activities that campers experience throughout the day, the camp fun continues with our unique social program. Each night campers engage in campfire activities, including a carnival, olympics, and a dance.

Two-Week Session 1:  July 5 – 17     $2,150.00
Two-Week Session 2:  July 19 – 31   $2,150.00

Rate: $2,150.00 (Sign up before December 31st and pay last year’s rate of $1,895.00)

Space is limited so turn in your NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 now. We can’t wait to welcome your camper for an experience of a lifetime!

WELCOME TO ASTRO BLOG

We would like to thank you for visiting our blog. AstroCamp is a hands-on physical science program with an emphasis on astronomy and space exploration. Our classes and activities are designed to inspire students toward future success in their academic and personal pursuits. This blog is intended to provide you with up-to-date news and information about our camp programs, as well as current science and astronomical happenings. This blog has been created by our staff who have at least a Bachelors Degree in Physics or Astronomy, however it is not uncommon for them to have a Masters Degree or PhD. We encourage you to also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, and Vine to see even more of our interesting science, space and astronomy information. Feel free to leave comments, questions, or share our blog with others. Please visit www.astrocampsummer.org for additional information. Happy Reading!

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