Astrotourism: Star Gazers, Eclipse Chasers, and the Dark Sky Movement
“This book is for anyone wanting to investigate our relationship with the cosmos and seek out sites where the beauty of our inspirational night sky can still be seen. It’s highly detailed, and closely written with many effective and welcome poetic insights.” —Bob Mizon, Coordinator, British Astronomical Association’s Commission for Dark Skies, UK
“I recommend this book for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of this budding tourism and business industry, and keen to understand how to capitalize on and protect our evolutionary interest and heritage in the pristine night sky.” —Valerie Stimac, author of Lonely Planet’s Dark Skies: A Practical Guide to Astrotourism.
In the span of a single lifetime, light pollution from Artificial Light At Night (ALAN) has severed our connection with the stars that we’ve had since the dawn of time. With the nocturnal biosphere significantly altered, light’s anthropogenic influence has compelled millions of people to seek out the last remaining dark skies.
This book explores the growth of the astrotourism, identifies star seeker trends, how the stars have shaped civilizations, and the budding space tourism industry. Learn ways to develop a destination, find customers, and our relationship with the night sky. Meteor storms, eclipses, auroras, and other celestial phenomena have lured travelers for years and here the author expands the field of astrotourism with the inclusion of astronomical clocks, megaliths, and sundials, which track the movement of the stars.