David A. Aguilar

Author, Artist & Enrichment Lecturer

David A. Aguilar is a naturalist, astronomer, author and space artist. His expertise lies in presenting the fascinating connections between the universe and ourselves.

He is the award-winning author and illustrator of seven National Geographic books including "ALIEN WORLDS";  "13 PLANETS";  and "SPACE ENCYCLOPEDIA". His next book, "COSMIC CATASTROPHES" will be published by Random House in June 2016. 

Earth & Sky: Astronomy in Chile
Oct
15
to Oct 26

Earth & Sky: Astronomy in Chile

Experience Chile's spectacular night skies, world-class observatories, its vineyards, ancient cultures, and its richly diverse and legendary landscapes. Expert study leader David Aguilar will lead an adventure that begins in Santiago and Valparaiso before winding its way to the giant telescopes of high mountain peaks in the Elqui Valley region, and culminating in the remote and fantastically beautiful Atacama Desert.  Covering 40,000 square miles of northern Chile, the Atacama includes coastal plains, high volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and state-of-the-art observatories including Paranal Observatory, gained through special access. Presented by the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Find the full itinerary at: https://hmsc.harvard.edu/earth-sky-astronomy-chile

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Baja California & the Sea of Cortez
Mar
10
to Mar 17

Baja California & the Sea of Cortez

Seeing California gray whales in their natural habitat is one of the great delights of this voyage. Join experienced naturalist David Aguilar and other experts aboard expedition landing craft to often come within arm’s length of these magnificent creatures. On the other side of the peninsula, explore the desert islands of the pristine Sea of Cortez, search for whales and dolphins, bluefooted boobies, pelicans, cormorants, and magnificent frigate birds. Snorkel among sea lions; hike amid barrel cacti and sculpted sand dunes, and kayak and paddleboard in protected coves. And at the end of the day, relax at a beach barbecue and bask in the splendid solitude of Baja. Presented by Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. For more visit: https://hmsc.harvard.edu/travel-baja-california-and-sea-cortez-among-great-whales

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Astronomy to Gastronomy in France
Apr
23
to May 2

Astronomy to Gastronomy in France

This one-of-a-kind journey highlights France’s exceptional contributions to Astronomy, which may only be matched by its gastronomical pursuits!  In addition to our exploration of the stars at sites including the Musee Cluny, Paris Observatory, Mont St. Michel and the spectacular Observatory of Camille Flammarion, we’ll savor regional fare and other heavenly, and wholly French, pursuits. Inspirations such as Benedictine monk Dom Perignon’s discovery (after tasting champagne for the first time), “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!” will be enjoyed along with our astronomical gastronomical studies! For more visit: https://alumni.harvard.edu/travel/trips/astronomy-to-gastronomy-in-france

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Astronomy in Arizona 2018
May
14
to May 18

Astronomy in Arizona 2018

Few places on Earth offer better opportunities to study astronomy than the ultra-clear skies of southern Arizona. Join us on a spectacular intergalactic journey and discover for yourself an infinite array of celestial phenomena during hands-on telescope viewing, in-depth lectures, and tours of some of the world’s great centers for astronomical research.

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Sicily by Sail on Sea Cloud
Oct
1
to Oct 9

Sicily by Sail on Sea Cloud

Circumnavigate the seductive island of Sicily aboard the legendary Sea Cloud. Autumn, when the heat and crowds of summer are gone, is the perfect time to discover the countless cultural marvels of this stepping stone between Europe and Africa. Admire Sicily’s diverse landscapes from the comfort of an elegant four‐masted barque, sail into her legendary harbors, and step ashore to admire ancient temples and theaters, glittering mosaics, and a Caravaggio masterpiece.

https://alumni.harvard.edu/travel/trips/sicily-2018

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Astronomy in Arizona
May
22
to May 26

Astronomy in Arizona

Few places on Earth offer better opportunities to study astronomy than the ultra-clear skies of southern Arizona. Join us on a spectacular intergalactic journey and discover for yourself an infinite array of celestial phenomena during hands-on telescope viewing, in-depth lectures, and tours of some of the world’s great centers for astronomical research.

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EXPEDITION TO ANTARCTICA
Jan
21
to Feb 3

EXPEDITION TO ANTARCTICA

Journey on this spectacular 14-day journey featuring a nine-night cruise to Antarctica, Earth’s last frontier. Experience the White Continent in its unspoiled state—fantastically shaped icebergs, turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries and breaching whales. Accompanied by the ship’s expert team of naturalists, board sturdy Zodiac craft for excursions ashore and observe Antarctica’s abundant wildlife. Also, spend two nights in vibrant Buenos Aires.

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ASTRONOMY IN ARIZONA
Oct
30
to Nov 3

ASTRONOMY IN ARIZONA

Join us on a spectacular intergalactic journey and discover for yourself an infinite array of celestial phenomena during hands-on telescope viewing, in-depth lectures, and tours of some of the world’s great centers for intergalactic research.

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BLACK SEA ON ISLAND SKY
Sep
25
to Oct 6

BLACK SEA ON ISLAND SKY

Explore the Black Sea, along whose shores the fortunes of ancient empires waxed and waned. Call on historic cities in Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, and Bulgaria: Amasya, home to classical Ottoman mansions; Trabzon, outpost of the fourth-century Sumela Monastery; Batumi, with its renowned botanical garden; Tbilisi, featuring notable houses of worship, an impressive fortress, and the blue-tiled Orbeliani Baths; Odessa, with the famous Potemkin Steps; and Varna, resting place of magnificent Scythian gold treasures.

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Cosmic Catastrophes Book Event
Sep
16
5:30pm 5:30pm

Cosmic Catastrophes Book Event

David Aguilar, astronomer, author, and space artist extraordinaire, will present a short talk on his latest book "Cosmic Catastrophes" , published by Random House, and his latest National Geographic book, "Alien Worlds" and Cosmic Catastrophes."

Copies of "Cosmic Catastrophes" will be available for purchase, and signing by the author. 

Recommended for children of all ages -!  3rd grade and up.

Basalt Public Library

14 Midland Ave

Basalt, CO 81621

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Stars Above Aspen
Aug
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

Stars Above Aspen

Explore the cosmos atop Ajax this August! ACES & Aspen Skies are partnering to present the first ever Stars Above Aspen, a community event for everyone interested in astronomy! Head up the Silver Queen Gondoloa to learn from experts, ask the burning questions, participate in interactive presentations, gaze through telescopes, and see the real stars come out over Aspen! 

https://www.aspennature.org/learn/events/Stars-Above-Aspen-2016 for Tickets

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Jun
26
to Jun 29

Aspen Ideas Festival

Speaker, MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE Track - Please check back for specific date & time for David's talks. 

Armed with new and more powerful technologies than ever, scientists continue to make exciting and perplexing discoveries in the far reaches of the galaxy. From gas giants to super-Earths, astrobiologists are considering how life might develop on thousands of exoplanets. New clues about dark matter and dark energy are fueling significant alterations in how cosmologists understand the invisible 96 percent of our universe. This track will gather those on the forefront of their fields to explore what we know — and what we don’t — about the wonders and mysteries of our world and outer space.

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