In this episode, we take a trip to Flagstaff, Arizona, the world’s first International Dark Sky Community. It is the home of Lowell Observatory where Pluto was discovered in 1930. This is our introduction to AstroTourism.
Flagstaff also offers great daytime activities, making this an amazing place to put on your astrotourism bucket list. Visit the Grand Canyon, the world’s best preserved meteor crater, and Petrified National Forest. You can also hike some awesome underground lava caves, check out a portion of the original Route 66, and visit Arizona’s highest mountain peak, Mount Humphreys.
Flagstaff also offers various night sky-oriented activities throughout the year.
LINKS IN THIS EPISODE
Flagstaff Dark Sky Coalition: http://www.flagstaffdarkskies.org
Lowell Observatory: https://lowell.edu
International Dark Sky Association: https://www.darksky.org
New Horizons Spacecraft: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/main/index.html
“Flagstaff, Arizona: Best in Astrotourism”: https://nightskytourist.com/flagstaff-dark-sky-astrotourism/
Dark Skies: A Practical Guide to Astrotourism by Lonely Planet: https://shop.lonelyplanet.com/products/dark-skies-1
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