REACH FOR THE STARS WITH
ASTRO TOURISM AFRICA
DISCOVER ASTRO TOURISM
17 – 18 NOVEMBER
What exactly is Astrotourism? This means traveling for space-related experiences here on earth. Meaning exploring rural destinations that have less light pollution and vast expansive open spaces.
Literally, it invokes a sense of taking a step back in time and helps us come to centre where we get to connect with what really matters, and just for a minute remember just how sensational our universe, and planet, truly are.
It also means visiting places for their amazing dark skies, stunning solar eclipse viewpoints, stargazing opportunities as well as research facilities, observatories, and when you are exceptionally fortunate, the locals will share their rich culture’s history and association with the stars from a folklore point of view.
This kind of Astro-travel encourages us all to look up and experience the night sky in a completely different way. Plus, it doesn’t necessarily mean having to travel far. You might find that you’ve got all the stargazing opportunities on your doorstep, meaning that this is accessible to everyone, pretty much either exactly where they stand, or at the very least, close to where they stay.
Astro Events 2021
Oct: 7th, 21st-22nd
Nov: 4th-5th, 17th-18th
Dec: 13th-14th, 21st-22nd
Observatories and Planetariums
The Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) is located west of Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Southern African Large Telescope
SALT is situated at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) field station near the small town of Sutherland, in the Northern Cape province, about 400 km from Cape Town.
Boyden Observatory is situated 26 kilometres east of the city of Bloemfontein in South Africa.
Sutherland Planetarium is located in the centre of Sutherland en route to the Southern African Large Telescope. It is the latest and only privately owned Digital Planetarium in South Africa.
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