A chance to see the last total solar eclipse visible in America in this century and to study Hawaiian geology will be offered in a unique southern Utah tour.
Dr. Richard Kennedy and Professor Brent Sorenson will conduct the tour July 1-13, 1991, to the Hawaiian Islands aboard the American-flagged cruise ship S.S. Constitution. Several options will range from the seven-day, seven-night cruise to the cruise plus five extra days and nights in the islands touring Volcano National Park, Waikiki Beach and other attractions.In addition to studying the active geology of the islands, the highlight of the tour will be a total solar eclipse of the longest duration and totality of any until the year 2032. Titled "A Voyage Into Totality," the tour is being sponsored by the SUSC physical science department. Kennedy is a full professor of geology at the college, and Sorenson is director of the school's Ashcroft Observatory.
Astronomy and geology instruction will be provided aboard ship and throughout the tour. Participants can also acquire three hours of PSCI 592 credit for a $20 recording fee. Several telescopes and binoculars will be provided to observe the eclipse, but participants are urged to bring their own binoculars, cameras and tripods.
The cost of the tour ranges from $2,150 to $3,260, depending on the tour option chosen. The tour is arranged through Gaye Thurston of Pleiades Travel, who will accompany it. A $300 deposit is required by Jan. 1, 1991, of which $50 is refundable. No refunds will be issued after June 1, 1991.
For further information, contact Kennedy at 586-7912, Sorenson at 586-7701 or Thurston at 1-800-338-0587.