David A. Aguilar

Author, Space Artist & Enrichment Speaker

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. 

NASA's New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby!
Dec
31
to Jan 1

NASA's New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby!

New Year’s Eve 2019

Thirteen years outbound from Earth and a billion miles past Pluto, NASA's New Horizons probe is healthy and on course for a historic New Year's Day flyby of its next target, a frozen remnant left over from the birth of the solar system 4.6 billion years ago, project scientists say.

"Ultima Thule comes from Latin and it means 'beyond the farthest frontiers,' which is exactly what we're doing," said Alan Stern, the New Horizon's principal investigator. "We're making the farthest exploration of worlds in the history of space exploration. The spacecraft is now about a billion miles farther out than Pluto, which itself was the farthest world ever explored." http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/

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Exploring Australia & New Zealand
Jan
23
to Feb 13

Exploring Australia & New Zealand

Come join this tour-de-force of Australia and New Zealand on a 22-day journey. From Cairns, Australia to the Great Barrier Reef, where you can swim, snorkel, or view the reef from a semi-submersible vessel. We'll visit Aboriginal territory to learn about the ancient culture of the Walpiri, then watch the sun set over fabled Ayers Rock. We'll fly to New Zealand and explore Mount Cook National Park over a two-night stay and stargazing before continuing to the fjords of Milford Sound. The tour concludes in Auckland.  https://alumni.harvard.edu/travel/trips/australia-new-zealand-2019

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A BRUSH WITH THE FUTURE
Feb
21
to Jul 17

A BRUSH WITH THE FUTURE

Film Screenings of "Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future", a feature-length documentary of an amazing man. David Aguilar appears as onscreen commentator to share his insights about knowing and visiting with Chesley at his studio in Carmel, CA. David's space artwork has been deeply influenced by the man known as the "father of space art" -

"Bonestell's art is so significant, there is no need for distracting bells and whistles. Frankly, we'd like to see this film get picked up by American Masters, because it persuasively makes the case that he was one. Enthusiastically recommended." - J.B. UNSEEN FILMS

HIPPODROME THEATRE- WACO TX OCTOBER 29

UNIV. OF CA RIVERSIDE - RIVERSIDE, CA NOV. 3

NEW WORLDS CONFERENCE - AUSTIN, TX NOV. 9

COLUMBUS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN - COLUMBUS, OH FEB. 21

THE FILOLI ESTATE - WOODSIDE, CA MARCH 24

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Astronomy in Arizona
May
6
to May 10

Astronomy in Arizona

Take a spectacular intergalactic journey as you view the ultra-clear Arizona sky with hands-on telescope viewing and take behind-the-scenes tours of world-renowned centers for astronomy research with Smithsonian astronomy expert David Aguilar.

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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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ASP 2018 - SONOMA, CA
Sep
10
to Sep 13

ASP 2018 - SONOMA, CA

ASP2018: Advancing Astronomy for All

Conference on Education, Communication,
and Diversity in Science

The ASP’s 130th Annual Meeting is a broad science education/outreach conference featuring plenary talks/panels, contributed workshops/sessions, and oral/poster presentations addressing a wide range of professional work, research, and evaluation in education, communication, and diversity in sciencE.

 

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Astronomy in Arizona 2018
May
14
to May 18

Astronomy in Arizona 2018

Take a spectacular intergalactic journey as you view the ultra-clear Arizona sky with hands-on telescope viewing and take behind-the-scenes tours of world-renowned centers for astronomy research with Smithsonian astronomy expert David Aguilar.

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Newport Beach Film Festival Premiere - Chesley Bonestell
May
1
7:30 PM19:30

Newport Beach Film Festival Premiere - Chesley Bonestell

DOCUMENTARY FILM. Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future

The true story of the artist who launched mankind into space.His iconic “Saturn As Seen From Titan”, became known as “the painting that launched a thousand careers.” Discover the power behind images and the truth behind the man who single-handedly began the Space Race. Cast includes DAVID AGUILAR who visited Chesley in the last years of his life in Carmel, CA.  Date: May 1, Time: 7:30 pm to 9:05 pm , Cost: $15

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National Parks of the Southwest Tour
Apr
30
to May 11

National Parks of the Southwest Tour

See the land of epic stars and scenery. We begin in Tucson at the Sonora Desert Museum, a 98-acre tribute to the natural world. Encounter Sedona, famed for its towering red sandstone formations. Next visit the Grand Canyon, often considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world, before a rafting excursion on the smooth waters of the Colorado River.  Navajo land is next, followed by trips to the Antelope Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park, one of the most diverse national parks in the United States. Stargazing opportunities abound under the wondrous skies of the Southwest. For bookings go to: https://alumni.harvard.edu/travel/trips/southwest-2018

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Book Bash! Tattered Cover, LODO
Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

Book Bash! Tattered Cover, LODO

Join Tattered Cover and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators as we celebrate Book Bash! Meet and mingle with these local children's book authors and illustrators: David A. Aguilar, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, Kristen Foote, Leah Gilbert, Jessie Hilb, Carmela La Vigna Coyle, Stel Pavlou, Heather Preusser, Caroline Stutson, Kim Tomsic, Denise Vega, Natasha Wing. There will also be food, door prizes, and giveaways.

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

Baja California & the Sea of Cortez

Come join us on this exciting sailing adventure on the Sea of Cortez! We'll see California gray whales in their natural habitat.  We'll snorkel among sea lions; hike amid barrel cacti and sculpted sand dunes, and kayak and paddleboard in protected coves. Naturalist David Aguilar and other experts will guide our expedition, and at the end of the day, relax at a beach barbecue and bask in the splendid solitude of Baja.  This voyage is presented by Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, and open to all! Follow this link for registration information, or use our CONTACT page to ask us any questions about this fantastic journey! https://hmsc.harvard.edu/travel-baja-california-and-sea-cortez-among-great-whales

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"7 Wonders" hosted by Adirondack Public Observatory
Nov
17
6:30 PM18:30

"7 Wonders" hosted by Adirondack Public Observatory

The Adirondack Public Observatory hosts David at the Wild Center for: "Wonders of the Solar System: What we've learned about Pluto and the Search for Mysterious Planet 9". The lecture is free and open to the public.  Book signing before the lecture, and copies of  "7 Wonders of the Solar System" will be available for purchase and signing.

THE WILD CENTER "The wonderful Wild Center..."Frommer's Guides

45 MUSEUM DRIVE

TUPPER LAKE, NY

http://www.wildcenter.org/event/apo-lecture-seven-wonders-of-the-solar-system-with-david-aguila/

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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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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
5:30 PM17:30

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
6:00 PM18:00

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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