Americas Spring Land
April 05 - April 09, 2024

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse

Michael Strauss, Chair, Department of Astrophysical Sciences

Michael Strauss is interested in all aspects of extragalactic astronomy and observational cosmology, especially in the context of wide-field imaging and spectroscopic surveys of the sky. He has used large surveys including IRAS and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, to study the large-scale distribution of galaxies to constrain cosmological parameters, the relationship between galaxy properties and their environment, and the nature and evolution of AGN and quasars at large redshifts. He is now using data from the Hyper Suprime-Cam on the Subaru Telescope to search for distant quasars and study the properties of the galaxies in which they live. He is involved in planning for the next generation of large surveys, including the Prime Focus Spectrograph on Subaru and the Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time.

About the Journey

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, and Princeton Journeys is pleased to present this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience it at one of the continent’s premier viewing locations, Texas Hill Country. As the moon passes between the sun and Earth, journeyers will experience a rare 360-degree sunset and will have the opportunity to observe the sun’s ethereal corona for nearly four minutes of totality.

Before and after eclipse day, explore Hill Country of central Texas. Gather in Austin for an astronomy panel discussion featuring experts from Princeton, the University of Virginia, and CalTech. Enjoy a lunch cruise on Lady Bird Johnson Lake before driving through scenic Hill Country when the bluebonnets are in full bloom. Arrive in time for cocktails and a dinner reception at the historic Hoffman Haus, our accommodations for the next three nights. While here, explore charming Fredericksburg, founded by German immigrants in the 19th century. Visit Enchanted Rock, a 425-foor bald dome made of pink granite that has been fascinating humans for thousands of years. Tour the William Kris Vineyards which focuses on low-impact, 100% Texas-grown wine. And then, on eclipse day, gather at our private site on the centerline for one of the most beautiful astronomical events a human can experience.

The next total solar eclipse will not cross the United States until 2044, so we encourage you to reserve your space today.

About the Accommodations

Located in the heart of downtown Austin, the JW Marriott Austin offers comfort and sophisticated amenities. The urban resort features an on-site spa, fitness center, room service, seven bars, four restaurants, and the largest guest rooms in the city with floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel is located just steps from the best attractions and entertainment options in Austin. Free Wi-Fi and a high-definition TV are provided in each room.

Hoffman Haus is a complex of old and new buildings, nestled in a quiet neighborhood just a block from downtown Fredericksburg, Texas. Each room has a style all its own, yet the soothing color palettes, natural fabrics, and mixture of comfortable upholstered furniture and handsome antiques tie the property together into one cohesive vision. Each of the rooms, suites, and houses provide an experience of luxury. Fluffy pillows, enveloping linens, plush mattresses, and modern bathrooms await each guest. Rooms are stocked each day with organic coffee, teas, and juices and a gourmet breakfast is delivered to your door each morning.


This program is waitlist only. We encourage you to join the waitlist as cancellations do happen! No deposit required.

Trip Details

  • Dates
    April 05 - April 09, 2024
  • Activity Level
  • Cost
    from $5,825 per person, double occupancy; Limited triple occupancy available, please call
  • Deposit
    $1,000 per person
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