Sample Lecture Summaries
Lisbon to Capetown
Explore the Wonders of the Night
Sky with The Star Lady!
(Haven’t you always wanted to
spend more time with the stars?)
This cruise offers unique opportunities
to discover the Southern Stars. See how the sky changes as we
sail south towards the equator and beyond. Prepare yourself for
the Southern Cross, the Magellanic Clouds and other Celestial
Birding in Africa
Birders (not unlike stargazers) will
find this an exciting cruise on which to add to their “life
lists”. The Star Lady has birded in Africa and will share with
you some of the triumphs and frustrations in her Quest for the
Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird.
Sharing the Stars
Stargazing is a wonderful bonding
experience for young and old alike. Discover our home galaxy,
The Milky Way! Garner tips to help you touch the Wonders of the
Cosmos and the Mysteries of the Universe!
As we continue our journey south we will
still enjoy many of the Classic Constellations of the Ancients.
To add to our stargazing delight, we will discover new,
exciting parts of the sky mapped by more modern navigators. Are
you ready for the Celestial Table Mountain?
The World Turns
How many skies are there anyway? Come
and see how the sky changes over the seasons. We’ll fire up the
ms Prinsendam’s Planetarium for your viewing pleasure!
Constellations of the Zodiac
Astronomy with a smidgeon of Astrology!
Where is your Birth Sign Constellation in the Heavens? What
celestial wonders does it hold? Why are astronomers interested
Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
It’s an exciting era for skywatchers!
Astronomy makes the news almost daily! Enjoy summaries of some
of the most important sky news events.
Do We Have Seven Days in a Week?”
Discover the non-mathematical,
(intriguing!) sky-related explanation for the evolution of our
7-day week. But wait! There’s more! Discover Messier Objects,
the International Star Registry, Magnitudes of Stars, the Career
Path of our Sun and an overview of Tonight’s Sky!
Enjoy ethereal music from Gustav Holst’s
Suite, “The Planets” combined with information about our Solar
System and juicy tidbits of gossip about our celestial
What the Ancients Saw
No, they weren’t hallucinating! The
Ancients played a kind of game of “connect-the-dots” in the sky
forming animals and mythological heroes. Most of us today have
difficulty “seeing” the images. Let us “draw the pictures” for
Donna Giesler, The Star Lady
Passionate about her stargazing and explorations of the
night sky, The Star Lady is the perfect guide for your
introduction to the Southern Skies.
Once a teacher and educational columnist on the forefront
of integrating High Tech into the classrooms of Toronto, Donna
would now like to integrate the Wonders of the Night Sky in to
your African Adventure.
“Meet the Star
Lady” each afternoon at 3:30 pm in the Explorers’ Lounge
(time/venue to be adjusted) and learn more about The Night Sky:
Requests Astronomy Games!
Maps, Magazines & Planispheres
Star Charts for “Tonight’s Sky”
Puzzles Binoculars & Telescopes
What else is in the
sky? Cosmology & Philosophy!
SKYTOURS: Join the Star Lady on the Sports
Deck each night at 9:00 pm (time/venue to be adjusted) for a
thrilling Tour of the Night Sky. See the actual objects and
constellations featured in the Exploration Lectures! Binoculars
and neck rests would enhance this experience.