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Your Next Trip? It?s Written in the Stars - The New York Times


Your Next Trip? It’s Written in the Stars
Resorts, parks and attractions in the United States, Canada, Mexico and beyond are expanding the galaxy of what has become known as astrotourism.

. . . “Astrotourism is any kind of tourism that involves the night sky or visiting facilities related to astronomy like observatories, and combining that with a broader sense of ecotourism where interaction with nature is what the visitor experience is about,” said John Barentine, the director of public policy at the International Dark-Sky Association, a Tucson-based nonprofit organization devoted to battling light pollution and certifying dark sky preserves where stars and planets shine brightly.

In its 30-year history, the association has designated 63 International Dark Sky Parks in protected areas, such as the Grand Canyon National Park. International Dark Sky Reserves, 12 presently, have protected land at their center, such as a national forest, and municipalities in their buffer regions that have agreed to reduce light emissions. Its four International Dark Sky Sanctuaries tend to be remote; Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific, for example, has applied for sanctuary status.

Similarly motivated by light-pollution abatement, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada designates Canada’s Dark-Sky Preserves, often in national parks. . . .

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Thanks for the heads up.
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Your Next Trip? It?s Written in the Stars - The New York Times


Your Next Trip? It’s Written in the Stars
Resorts, parks and attractions in the United States, Canada, Mexico and beyond are expanding the galaxy of what has become known as astrotourism.

. . . “Astrotourism is any kind of tourism that involves the night sky or visiting facilities related to astronomy like observatories, and combining that with a broader sense of ecotourism where interaction with nature is what the visitor experience is about,” said John Barentine, the director of public policy at the International Dark-Sky Association, a Tucson-based nonprofit organization devoted to battling light pollution and certifying dark sky preserves where stars and planets shine brightly.

In its 30-year history, the association has designated 63 International Dark Sky Parks in protected areas, such as the Grand Canyon National Park. International Dark Sky Reserves, 12 presently, have protected land at their center, such as a national forest, and municipalities in their buffer regions that have agreed to reduce light emissions. Its four International Dark Sky Sanctuaries tend to be remote; Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific, for example, has applied for sanctuary status.

Similarly motivated by light-pollution abatement, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada designates Canada’s Dark-Sky Preserves, often in national parks. . . .

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Very cool, thanks for posting this.
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new info on what you might see in the sky in January 2020

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Skywatch: What’s happening in the heavens in January
By Blaine P. Friedlander Jr.
Dec. 28, 2019 at 6:35 p.m. CST
The cosmic curtain rises in January to feature the magnificent planet Venus and meteors running through our heavens.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/skywatch-whats-happening-in-the-heave...e97_story.html

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more articles of possible interest from the New York Times

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Sync your calendar with the solar system - The New York Times

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Meteor Showers in 2020 That Will Light Up Night Skies
All year long, Earth passes through streams of cosmic debris. Here’s a list of major meteor showers and how to spot one
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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/01/science/meteor-showers-2020.html?algo=ide...gtype=Homepage
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We did an astrotour in Chile with reasonably good telescopes, quite impressive to see e.g. star clusters with your own eyes.
Though I personally don't have any interest in astro photography, it is pretty amazing what you can see out there.

Highly recommended to see at least once.
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