CHAPTER 5

Where–When–What

As a child, I was afraid of the dark, but as an adult, I learnedthat some of the best times in my life were when the lights were out.

—The Author (“foolosopher”)

Airbnb sees strong growth in travel linked to astronomical events and destinations known for stargazing. The year 2017 had more than 50,000 Airbnb guests from 26 countries who traveled to the United States for the solar eclipse. There are nearly 3,000 homes listed on the platform offering telescopes.

One participant on Airbnb, Maria Elena, Cabo San Lucas, lists this way: “I will show the major constellations of the season, asterisms, planets, and travel beyond the solar system with a powerful telescope. The stars will tell the Mayan, Aztec, Greek stories ...

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