Published on : Friday, March 17, 2017
Many industry professionals were present at ITB Berlin last week, well-known as world’s foremost travel show. To quote Mr Andreas Haenel, an astronomer and director of the planetarium museum in north-western Germany’s Osnabrueck while telling to AFP, ‘’ Astro-tourism is really an increasing business. We now see a lot of travel agencies that offer this kind of tourism.’’
There are many such places not in a fair position for observation. Few European and US national parks have been recently distinguished as “dark sky preserves”.
Deserts in Namibia, Botswana and Iran are marketed as ideal stargazing sites that provide exoticism of sandy dunes as well.
But ahead of the familiar favorites like Orion’s Belt or the Big Dipper, Mr Haenel says that in recent years there have been a major explosion in “event Astro-tourism” – travelling to witness an eclipse, a meteor shower or the Northern Lights.
The brochure endorsing Canada’s Yukon at the ITB show, sold the moment that “you will never forget” when the skies unexpectedly light up with vibrant and colorful streaks as a result of gaseous particle collisions. The Aurora Borealis, usually known as the Northern Lights, has become a major selling factor for towns in and around the Arctic Circle.