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West Palm Beach Post | Auguest 21, 2016

 USA Total Solar Eclipse 2017

“You have so many people born since the last one occurred who have never seen a total eclipse of the sun. It’s really an opportunity,” said Paul Maley, an astronomer and former NASA scientist who organizes astronomy tours worldwide….

Travel Agent Central | May 29, 2015

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Michelle Weller, vice president, sales and customer support, Travel Leaders, Houston, TX, says her agency will charter Silversea Expeditions’ Silversea Discoverer for a Micronesia voyage in March 2016. “We have the entire 62 cabins chartered for a total eclipse of the sun,” Weller says. She says an onboard NASA expert accompanying the group knows how to use satellites so the captain can position the ship in the right location for the best viewing…

News Fix | March 20, 2015

Total solar eclipse, supermoon, vernal equinox create a Great Conjunction

March 20, 2015, the day of the Great Conjunction. This is that rare occasion when a solar eclipse, a supermoon, and the spring equinox come together on the same day…

Travel Pulse | March 4, 2015

7 Best Solar Eclipse Cruises

If this year’s solar eclipse cruises won’t fit into a busy schedule, in 2016 Ring of Fire Expeditions is chartering the Silver Discoverer for its 44th solar eclipse venture. The 17-day quest will explore the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia and Palau. Giving informative lectures onboard the luxury vessel will be astronaut Jerry Ross and Paul D. Maley, who worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center for more than 40 years. The ship embarks on Feb. 27, 2016, from the Solomon Islands and includes fantastic diving opportunities and viewing of the complete solar blackout…

LA TIMES| February 18, 2015

Cruise to Micronesia to see a total eclipse of the sun in 2016

The trip offered by Houston-based Ring of Fire Expeditions caters to eclipse chasers, who will be joined on board by keynote speaker Jerry Ross. Ross is an astronaut and author of the book “Spacewalker,” in which he recounts his numerous walks in outer space during space shuttle missions.

The focus of the trip is on the total solar eclipse on March 9, 2016, but there are other adventures planned along the way, including diving and snorkeling to see World War II shipwrecks, seeing the active Tavurvur volcano in Papua New Guinea, and visiting Nan Madol in Micronesia, a stone city built in the water…

Seed Magazine | June 26, 2014

ECLIPSE CHASERS ARE PAYING BIG MONEY FOR FOUR MINUTES OF ECSTASY

“Once that sun goes out, anything can happen. Paul Maley, a NASA employee who has been leading eclipse tours for nearly 30 years with his Houston-based outfit, Ring of Fire Expeditions, has seen reactions ranging from joyful tears to primal superstition and fear. “Once we were set up near a mosque in Indonesia, and we were guarded by a group of military policemen,” he remembers. “The local press had given instructions to everyone to hide during the eclipse. Literally within minutes of the key part of the eclipse, the loudspeakers started blaring over from the mosque, and everyone, including our military guards, vanished…

NY York Times | March 27, 2013

Packing the family for a Solar Eclipse

“It really is an amazing visual experience that can become a life-changer for some people,” said Paul Maley, a retired NASA engineer who organizes eclipse trips with Ring of Fire Expeditions…

Gadling | March 8, 2013

Flight to Comet sold out but there are Other Options Eclipse Tours of Houston, Texas, has more options, planning trips through 2015. Providing guided expeditions of astronomical events throughout the world, Eclipse Tours is the home of Ring of Fire Expeditions (ROFE), the longest consecutive astronomical tour organization in the United States…

Cairns News | Oct 5, 2012

NASA Scientists here for Eclipse
…tours from the US are being led by Paul D. Maley of the NASA Johnson Space Centre and a member of the NASA JSC Astronomical Society and former astronaut and veteran of four Space Shuttle missions Claude Nicollier…

Sky & Telescope Online | May 21, 2012

May 20th’s Solar Eclipse — S&T Reports
Paul Maley of the NASA Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society writes in about his experience observing the annular eclipse from Tokyo:

“I was able to amazingly photograph the annulus thru cloud during a brief gap just at the perfect time of annularity. The forecast had looked dreadful and three layers of cloud moved randomly covering up to 95% of the sky. The sun was essentially not visible from first contact until one minute after second contact. The few Japanese who had gathered to watch with me behind the Narita Hilton were so amazed they began screaming at the site of an annular eclipse. I have never seen this before in the 39 formal expeditions to solar eclipses I have made in the past.” …

Huffington Post | May 17, 2012

Solar Eclipse 2012: Where, When ‘Ring Of Fire’ Will Be Visible
Paul D. Maley who worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center from 1969 to 2010 and who has led many eclipse expeditions (http://eclipsetours.com/about-us/) says:

“I can attest from personal decades of past experience with annulars that observing a solar eclipse at the edge (also called the ‘graze zone’) is much more unique than that at the center, especially if you have already seen an annular eclipse from the centerline. At the north graze zone, large beads are seen (just the opposite from a total solar eclipse) and from the south graze zone, tinier beads will be detected. From the graze zones, the sun penetrates valleys of different depths and expose what can be a startling array of dazzling points of light.”…

Yahoo News | May 17, 2012

Sunday’s Solar Eclipse ‘Ring of Fire’: Where and How to See It

Paul D. Maley who worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center from 1969 to 2010 and who has led many eclipse expeditions (http://eclipsetours.com/about-us/) says:

“I can attest from personal decades of past experience with annulars that observing a solar eclipse at the edge (also called the ‘graze zone’) is much more unique than that at the center…

Sky & Telescope Magazine | July 27, 2009

Eclipse Over a Pacific Isle
Naked-eye prominence! That was my biggest surprise while watching the July 22nd total solar eclipse from the islet of Ouba with a select group from Ring of Fire Expeditions. We’d arrived that morning in a small boat from Tarawa…

Jiangsu.net | July 23, 2009

Solar eclipse seen in China
This total solar eclipse is just fantastic, you just can’t get that feeling from the video or pictures,” said Paul Maley, from the U.S. NASA Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society, who watched the eclipse in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province..

Christian Science Monitor | July 22, 2009

A solar eclipse for the people
Dr. Maley – who runs the Astronomical Society of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston – has seen such wonders all before. But, he says, this eclipse was different, because millions of people got to see it…

China Military Online | July 22, 2009

Solar eclipse attracts watchers, despite clouds
This total solar eclipse is just fantastic, you just can’t get that feeling from the video or pictures,” said Paul Maley, from the U.S. NASA Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society, who watched the eclipse in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province..

ABC News | July 22, 2009

Millions Witness Century’s Longest Solar Eclipse

“Most people who go on these tours, they’ve seen one or more eclipses. They become hooked on it,” said Paul D. Maley, a NASA contractor leading an eclipse tour in Shanghai, China, for Houston-based Ring of Fire Expeditions, an astronomical tour organization…

CNN Money | July 28, 2008

Profiting from the dark side of the moon
…Here are five other U.S. small businesses that also offer solar eclipse travels to worldwide destinations, Ring of Fire Expeditions (Houston, Texas)…

Families.com | June 25, 2008

A Vacation to Eclipse All Others
Ring of Fire Expeditions. Paul Maley from NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s Astronomical Society is organizing this tour. The package is called “Nearly 6-Minute Total Solar Eclipse Expedition.” Guests will experience the eclipse from a town south of Shanghai, where totality will last 5 minutes, 52 seconds. Rates are about $3,000 per person…

USA Today | October 25, 2007

Tours are aligning to the east for 2009’s total solar eclipse
Ring of Fire Expeditions. Organized by Paul Maley of NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s Astronomical Society, the six-night Nearly 6-Minute Total Solar Eclipse Expedition will take in the eclipse from south of Shanghai, where totality will last 5 minutes, 52 seconds (from $2,899 a person; 281-480-1988; eclipsetours.com)….

Frommer’s | March 3, 2006

Stellar Vacations That Are Out Of This World
…Ring of Fire Expeditions (ROFE) has been specializing in astro-tourism since 1970 with expeditions organized and led by Paul D. Maley of the NASA Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society…

Sky & Telescope | June 25, 2004

A Hit-and-Miss Annular Eclipse
A few eclipse-chasers lucked out near the event’s southern limit. Paul D. Maley of Houston, Texas, leading the 25th “Ring of Fire Expedition,” dodged clouds up and down the coastline until a clearing in the sky appeared near Punta Leona just 20 minutes before maximum eclipse. “This was about as exciting as it can get,” Maley says. “It’s the first time I’ve scrambled like that — and succeeded…

Interview on Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation | June 11, 2004

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Following the Ring of Fire Expeditions successful observation of the Transit of Venus on Mauritius, Paul D. Maley is interviewed about the results of the Future Travel expedition on the island of Rodriguez….

Presentation of Plaque to Prime Minister of Mauritius | June 7, 2004

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In honor of the Transit of Venus Paul Maley presents a plaque approved by NASA to Prime Minister Paul Berenger (left) on June 7 in the capital of Port Louis. Two weeks earlier PM Berenger had been in Washington meeting with President George Bush..

Houston Chronicle | November 17, 2001

Weather May Hinder Viewing of Meteor Shower
One local, longtime meteor observer is betting on a spectacular show and plans to travel to West Texas to take advantage of its dark, dry skies. Paul Maley has traveled to 170 countries since the 1960s seeking the best vantage point for meteor showers, solar eclipses, comets and other celestial events.

Maley’s love for chasing stars began in 1966 when, as an undergraduate at the University of Texas-Pan Am in Edinburg, he saw the Leonid meteor storm that completely surprised astronomers by producing 10,000 meteors per hour — easily the best show of the century….

A.M. Costa Rica | October 15, 2001

Eclipse Dec. 14 could be a boost to tourism here
Paul Maley of the U.S. Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society is bringing his 25th solar eclipse tour here. Visitors also will visit other points in Costa Rica and end up viewing the eclipse. …

Interview on Zambian TV, Lusaka, Zambia | June 18, 2001

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Several days before the total solar eclipse of June 21, 2001, Paul D. Maley is interviewed on Zambian television providing safe viewing instructions to the local viewing audience….

CNN Money | December 18, 2000

A Hit-and-Miss Annular Eclipse
A few eclipse-chasers lucked out near the event’s southern limit. Paul D. Maley of Houston, Texas, leading the 25th “Ring of Fire Expedition,” dodged clouds up and down the coastline until a clearing in the sky appeared near Punta Leona just 20 minutes before maximum eclipse. “This was about as exciting as it can get,” Maley says. “It’s the first time I’ve scrambled like that — and succeeded…

Space News Roundup | January 7, 1994

View a Total Eclipse of the Sun
The JSC Astronomical Society is planning a trip to the mountains of Peru …

1991 Total Solar Eclipse | June 18, 1991

 

 Paul Maley of the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society in Houston. “It will be visible for about three hours, in various stages, along that stretch that runs primarily through Mexico.” An estimated 40 million people are expected to witness the moon pass in front of the sun at midday, casting the area in total darkness….

AP News Archive | June 7, 1991

JULY’S SOLAR ECLIPSE MARKS LONGEST FOR NEXT 140 YEARS
‘Originally, we thought it would be the longest eclipse of the century. But it’s much more significant than that,” said Paul Maley of the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society in Houston.
”It will be visible for about three hours, in various stages, along that stretch that runs primarily through Mexico,” Maley said. ”The eclipse paths are very long – 6,000 miles in length – but the width of the path is very narrow – about 160 miles wide.”
On July 11, an estimated 40 million people are expected to witness the moon pass in front of the sun, casting the area in total darkness, Maley said. And millions more, like those in Texas and southern California, will be able to see a partial eclipse.u …

Interview on Channel 1, Libreville, Gabon | March 27, 1987

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Prior to the annular solar eclipse of March 29, 1987, Paul D. Maley is interviewed on Gabonese television providing safe viewing instructions to the local viewing audience….

Interview before Challenger Shuttle Explosion | January 14, 1986

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Paul D. Maley and Barbara Morgan (backup astronaut to Christa McAuliffe) interviewed on NASA TV two weeks before the Challenger explosion….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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