CHAPTER 1

Defining Astrotourism

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.

—Theodore Roosevelt (26th President of the USA 1858–1919)

Astrotourism is such a new phenomenon the word has yet to be found in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. It was once called “astronomy tourism” and composed primarily of professional and amateur astronomers. In the last three decades, a dark sky has become a rare commodity, and people are traveling to experience a pristine night sky and all that it has to offer, one that is void of light pollution.

It is an emerging type of tourism, and the definition remains fluid. It can be described as a segment of the tourist market in which travelers journey to experience celestial and space occurrences; however, ...

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