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Astrotourism: Star Gazers, Eclipse Chasers And ...

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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.

Eclipse-chasers are an organized bunch, and as I write this the next total solar eclipse could be a near sell-out. That might seem a strange thing to say about a 90 mile-wide moon shadow that rips across the Earth's surface over the course of 90 minutes or so, but the next total solar eclipse on July 2, 2019 barely touches land.

Total solar eclipses can be tricky to get your head around. I will write more and more posts on the 2019 total solar eclipse as we draw nearer, including many interviews with eclipse experts and eclipse-chasers on how to get the best view (and the best photographs), but for now here is a terrific Google Map of the 2019 eclipse, and 10 reasons why you need to start making plans if you want to see totality, surely nature's greatest sight, with your own eyes:

Witnessing unique and indescribable qualities of light close to totality is one of the less talked about, yet most memorable attractions of chasing eclipses. Since the eclipse happens close to sunset (in fact, the sun will set while partially eclipsed in across Chile and Argentina), eclipse-chasers will experience twilight twice in quick succession.

The great thing about traveling to see a solar eclipse is that they all take place, by definition, at the exact time of New Moon. Cue dark night skies either side for a few days, and where better to go stargazing than El Valle de la Luna in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile If you can stand being at 2,550 meters above sea level, that is. 59ce067264


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