David A. Aguilar

Space Artist - Award-Winning Author - Expert Astronomy 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. 

"LUNA" U.S. RADIO INTERVIEWS
Jul
15
to Aug 16

"LUNA" U.S. RADIO INTERVIEWS

LISTEN NOW TO “LUNA” & 50TH APOLLO ANNIVERSARY PODCAST INTERVIEWS:

KZIM/KSIM PADUCAH, KY http://www.kzimksim.com

WGEM-FM QUINCY, IL

WOSU-FM NPR COLUMBUS, OH https://radio.wosu.org/post/50th-anniversary-moon-landing#stream/0

WJCT-FM JACKSONVILLE, FL

WATD-FM BOSTON, MA

WIZM-AM MADISON, WI

WAAV-AM WILMINGTON, NC

WYSM-FM TOLEDO, OH

WVVV-FM PARKERSBURG, WV

WDUN-AM ATLANTA, GA

WOCM-FM COASTAL MD

KMAS-AM SEATTLE, WA

WKNY-AM NEW YORK

WLZR-AM ORLANDO, FL

KFNN-AM PHOENIX, AZ

WMT-AM CEDAR RAPIDS, IA

KPNW-AM EUGENE, OR

WRA-AM ALTOONA

KOGO-AM SAN DIEGO, CA

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Apollopalooza!
Jul
17
to Jul 24

Apollopalooza!

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, Colorado will be home to incredible activities, exhibits, seminars and more all dedicated to celebrating the first Apollo moon landing and showcasing the latest in space exploration and technology. David Aguilar will deliver a Keynote, “LUNA” Book Talk, participate on “Brush with the Future” Film Panel, and lead Teacher Workshops.

On Sat, July 20th Apollopalooza hosts a giant 1969-themed party - immerse yourself in the year man first landed on the moon by coming in 1969-themed costumes, and stay for the grand finale of a viewing of the moon landing 50 years later… to the minute! (8:56pm MST)

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 "A BRUSH WITH THE FUTURE"
Jul
18
to Jan 25

"A BRUSH WITH THE FUTURE"

Long before satellites would journey to planets and deep-space telescopes would photograph distant galaxies, there was an artist whose dazzling visions of planets and stars would capture the imagination of all who beheld them. Before that, he was an architect working on projects like the Chrysler Building and the Golden Gate Bridge. He would later become a matte painter in Hollywood working on films like "Citizen Kane" and "Destination Moon". His name was Chesley Bonestell.

David A. Aguilar’s space artwork has been deeply influenced by the man known as this "father of space art". He appears as onscreen commentator to share his insights about knowing and visiting with Chesley at his studio in Carmel, CA. CATCH this amazing film now screening at:

* Wings Over the Rockies Museum, Denver, CO - July 18 * Ron Robinson Theater, Little Rock, AR - July 26 * Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA - August 25

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Egypt & the Nile: A Journey into Antiquity - *SOLDOUT*
Dec
26
to Jan 6

Egypt & the Nile: A Journey into Antiquity - *SOLDOUT*

Enjoy exceptional access to the timeless treasures of Egypt during a 10-night exploration that combines travel by private plane and riverboat. Discover the treasures of Giza and Cairo, including the Great Pyramids and the new Grand Egyptian Museum. Fly to Luxor to board the intimate Sanctuary Sun Boat III for a four-night cruise of the Nile. Fly to Abu Simbel to see the temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari. Then have the option to continue the journey with an optional extension in Jordan for visits to Petra and Jerash. For more, visit: https://alumni.harvard.edu/travel/trips/egypt-nile-2019

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Silversea Expedition World Cruise
Mar
11
to Mar 21

Silversea Expedition World Cruise

“The Uncharted World” World Cruise happens in 2021; the first Expedition World Cruise in history designed to host the pioneers of beauty, and guests who want to see the world raw and unfiltered, unafraid of its purest form.  David is a Featured Astronomy Speaker for this fantastic south seas adventure. For more details see: https://www.silversea.com/destinations/world-cruise/world-cruise-2021-expedition.html

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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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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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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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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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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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