Tuesday, January 8, 2008
The UN has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy, paving the way for new opportunities in astronomical tourism.
After the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) teamed up in support of the new declaration, South Africa's Kevin Govender realized a shining opportunity. Because his nation is a prime location for viewing the southern hemisphere’s stars and planets, he and his South Africa star committee are planning events to attract tourists and astronomy aficionados from around the globe. These events will help South Africa fundraise and educate. They hope to do so by incorporating educational training and "bring and braai" celebrations under the night sky