For every science lover, enjoying the field is more than just conducting a series of experiments and reading journals. It also involves the travel experience of visiting some of the most interesting destinations where natural wonders are and where significant developments about science have been made.
These three destinations deserve a visit for every true fan of science – at least once in your lifetime.
Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico houses the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world, the Arecibo Observatory. Made famous by Hollywood movies, such as “Contact” and “Golden Eye,” this destination is surely a must-see.
Prior to its Hollywood fame, the Arecibo Observatory has been home to various discoveries. Some of the most notable ones include the discovery of prebiotic molecules hydrogen cyanide and methanimine in the distant galaxy Arp 220; the first direct imaging of an asteroid, namely 4769 Castalia, in history; and the correction of Mercury’s rotation cycle to 59 days as opposed to the previous belief of 88 days. Although it’s currently under repair due to earthquake damage, it’s still worth noting on the list of must-see science-y places.
CERN Facility, Switzerland
Physics nerds – and probably some inspired fans of the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” – have to visit the CERN facility in Geneva, Switzerland. AdaptableTravel.co.uk calls the world’s largest laboratory focused on particle physics as a life-changing and inspiring destination, especially for those who dream of becoming a renowned scientist in the future.
It is also home to one of the world’s most powerful experimental facilities: the Large Hadron Collider. This machine has paved the way for many ground-breaking discoveries and studies. Perhaps the most notable of these discoveries is the Higgs boson, an elementary particle initially theorised back in 1964 and confirmed in 2012. Scientists believe that the Higgs particle provides mass for other particles.
On top of all of these, Geneva is also an attractive city for tourists.
Northern Lights, Iceland
Everyone has seen the magnificent Aurora Borealis in photographs, but it’s even better to see it in person. The Northern Lights are visible in many countries, but Iceland is one of the best – if not the best – places to see it, mainly due to its location and other natural attractions in the area. Apart from looking at this natural phenomenon, Iceland is also ideal for activities, such as whale watching, ice climbing, glacier hiking, lava caving and horse riding.
Start with these three destinations when looking for a trip that would fuel your passion for science.