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USA : Central Idaho Dark Sky Sanctuary

| 5.3.22 |
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Central Idaho Dark Sky Sanctuary

 Like watching the sunset, looking for the stars in the night sky is a holiday ritual. But in the last five years, according to experts, the term astrotourism has evolved to describe more intentional travel to places with darker skies and more visible stars. “Astrotourism is any type of tourism that involves the night sky or astronomy-related visiting facilities such as observatories, and combines it with the broader ecotourism where interaction with nature is the visitor experience,” said John Barentine, director of public policy at the International Dark-Sky Association. , a nonprofit organization based in Tucson, Arizona, devoted to fighting light pollution and ensuring dark skies protect where stars and planets shine. As reported by the Channel News Asia page, in its 30-year history, this association has established more than 60 International Dark Sky Parks in protected areas, such as the Grand Canyon National Park. 

The International Dark Sky Reserve has protected land in its center, such as national forests, and municipalities in their buffer zones have agreed to reduce light emissions. The four International Celestial Sanctuaries tend to be in remote areas. For example in the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific. In March, the public library in Rancho Mirage, California, opened an observatory with a 23.5-foot-long dome and 2,000-square-foot terrace. In June, Viking Ocean Cruises launched its new ship, the Viking Orion, which features a planetarium and astronomer offering lectures, star-guided skies and indoor night tours.
The National Park Service has adapted its "find your park" slogan to "find your park after dark" to raise awareness of its night sky program. Programs include star parties, festivals, interpretive lectures, and a children's night cruise program. The desire to see the 2017 sun caused traffic jams along its path in 2017. 

The direction from Texas to Maine was prepared with a similar rush when the North Maerica eclipse occurred on April 8, 2024. But South American visitors will not wait that long, because in July 2019 there will be an eclipse along Chile and Argentina. "Last summer's eclipse raised so much awareness. People were absolutely blown away by that," said Samuel Singer, owner of Wyoming Stargazing who guides public and private stargazing in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Parks. Founded in 2014, the company has grown from one high-powered telescope to 10 to meet demand. In every culture there are myths about stars and stories there, he added. "People are always looking for answers." Many of North America's best stargazing spots are located near popular mountain resorts, ski destinations and national and state parks, adding cosmic wonder to a trip there. Together with stellar events and festivals, they expand the galaxy of astrotourism or astronomical tourism Parks and attractions In December, the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve became the first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States, covering 1,400 square miles in central Idaho in the Sawtooth Mountains, from Ketchum in Sun Valley to Stanley. 

The International Dark-Sky Association calls Idaho one of the last remaining pools of nighttime darkness in the United States.
This summer, National Geographic and Au Diable Vert Mountain Station, Dark Sky Preserve in Glen Sutton, Quebec, near the US border, opened Observ-Etoiless, the first open-air augmented reality planetarium. The 184-seat theatre gives visitors AR headsets featuring a digital overlay of 17th-century illustrations that align with the stars and planets overhead. The Walkway Over the Hudson, between Poughkeepsie and Lloyd on either side of the Hudson River in New York state, has added a Starwalk this summer. These activities spread scientists and teachers across the range to talk about specific themes, offering free nighttime photography and telescope tips. Festival Gatherings of many stars, from star parties in state parks to sunday star safaris in Australia. AmSky.com magazine lists global cosmic encounters. The Canadian province of Alberta is home to six Dark Sky Preserves. One of the largest in the world, the 4,200-square-foot Jasper Dark Sky Preserve in the Canadian Rockies, offers star and Northern Lights banquets from September to May, including ski season. From October 12 to 21, the Jasper Dark Sky Festival will feature astronauts and brothers Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly as speakers, in addition to sessions on night photography, telescope tours and astronomy. 

For those looking to take better photos of the night sky, the fourth annual Astrophotography Conference at the Adirondack Public Observatory in Tupper Lake, New York, October 11 to 14, will focus on dark sky photography workshops.
As the area explores dark-sky certification, Manning Park Resort in Manning Provincial Park, eastern British Columbia will host its first Astronomy Week, October 12-14, featuring astronomers, sessions for children and more scientific talks. Resort Resorts like the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Hawaii, with three high-powered telescopes on its roof capable of finding 80 constellations, and Primland in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, home to its own observatory, have set the bar high for casual astronomy. In Mexico, Four Seasons Punta Mita, recently started offering free viewing stars at its driving range. The guide uses a laser to point out the stars and constellations above them. Private skygazing tours are available on the beach. Guests at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa in the Caribbean can book a beachfront cabana at night for stargazing over a campfire. In Sedona, Arizona, L'Auberge de Sedona Resort & Spa has added a complimentary "star bath" in its amenities.

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