With light pollution on the rise, tourists desire to travel to remote areas to experience dark, starry skies. Astrotourism is a growing market, and is sustainable and low-cost to implement. Activities like stargazing, sharing indigenous star lore, visiting observatories and other astronomy-related sites, and doing astrophotography all come under the umbrella of astrotourism.
In order to make astrotourism more accessible, researchers working between the University of Namibia and the University of Oxford have come together to develop a free, introductory course on the following dates:
24th August – Introduction to astronomy
31st August – Astronomy facilities and research in Southern Africa
7th Sept – Astronomy for development and astrotourism
14th Sept – Stargazing and indigenous astronomy in Namibia
21st Sept – Light pollution and dark skies for sustainable development
This course serves as an introduction to several relevant topics relating to astrotourism, and sessions 2 and 4 will largely be in the context of Namibia. No prior knowledge is needed to take part.
If you are interested, complete this registration form by Sunday 22nd August.
This project is led by Prof. Garret Cotter (University of Oxford), Dr Michael Backes (University of Namibia) and Dr Eli Kasai (University of Namibia), and has been funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (ST/S002952/1) and Exeter College, Oxford in the UK. We also acknowledge support from the Namibia Scientific Society, and the IAU’s Office of Astronomy for Development.