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Pitcairn Islands To Leverage Astro Tourism Trend By Becoming A 'Dark Sky Sanctuary'
Pitcairn Islands look to be the next hot Astro Tourism destination in 2018
From total solar eclipse meetups to Northern Lights photography workshops, worldwide Astro Tourism is a rapidly growing industry. In recent years, Astro Tourism has been heralded as an industry leader among sustainably-
Pitcairn's application will be a strong one to be sure and this isn't the first conservation-
As its first step into the Astro Tourism world, Pitcairn has invited Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at the University of Canterbury, John Hearnshaw, to visit the islands in February 2018. His role will be to assess the suitability of the island for Astro Tourism as it relates to the training of night-sky guides, location scouting, and light metering. Training topics with Pitcairn's budding Astro guides will include information on planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies, lunar and solar eclipses, timekeeping in astronomy, black holes, quasars, and cosmology.
With locations identified and training for locals guides beginning in February 2018, Pitcairn's next step will be to apply for its 'Dark Sky Sanctuary' designation. If awarded this prestigious honor, Pitcairn would join the ranks of only three existing sanctuaries on earth including the remote regions of Chile, New Zealand, and New Mexico.
Making the announcement, Pitcairn Travel Coordinator, Heather Menzies said, "Pitcairn has amazing dark skyscapes. In line with our commitment to protecting our environment, we aim to curate a world-class night sky-viewing experience on Pitcairn. Being such a pristine and remote island, our natural amphitheatre will provide an ideal location for intrepid Astro visitors."
Located halfway between New Zealand and Peru, Pitcairn has been home to the descendants of the HMAV Bounty mutineers since 1790 and remains one of the most remote and undiscovered tourism destinations in the world. This new opportunity will provide visitors with yet another compelling reason to visit this fascinating and remote destination.
Access to Pitcairn is via a quarterly shipping service that offers 12 round-trips annually between Mangareva in French Polynesia and Pitcairn Island.
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Page Updated Last on: Jan 13, 2018