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Planet puts stargazers on the map

Monday, 12th January, 2015

By Michael Murphy

The Lonely Planet has released its list of “hottest new travel experiences” for 2015 and Broken Hill gets a mention.

Lonely Planet is the world’s most successful travel publisher, printing more than 120 million books in eleven different languages.

Broken Hill’s Outback Astronomy is number 16 on the 26-strong list.

“While kids in the city may need picture-story books to see what a sky full of stars could look like, folk in outback Australia enjoy stunning starscapes most nights thanks to a lack of air and light pollution,” says the travel publisher.

“Newly-opened in Broken Hill, Outback Astronomy offers naked-eye and binocular-assisted astronomy tours that will excite adults and kids alike.

“As well as learning about the night sky their talks will feed your imagination too, with discussions on space mining, space tourism and the possibilities for moon colonisation.

“Future plans include building an observatory so the sky shows can continue on the rare day when clouds and rain wash out a naked-eye sky show.”

Others to make it on exclusive list include the One World Observatory in New York and the Hong Kong Observation Wheel in Hong Kong, while the only other Australian attraction is the National ANZAC Centre in Albany, Western Australia.

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