How to Be an 'Astrotourist'

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A photographer prepares to take pictures of the annual Geminid meteor shower on the Elva Hill, in Maira Valley, near Cuneo, northern Italy on December 12, 2015.  (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

While you may have used a Lonely Planet guide to find lunch in Paris or a music venue in Cuba, its latest guidebook spans our planet... and even reaches into outer space. “Dark Skies: A Practical Guide to Astrotourism,” by Oakland-based travel and space tourism writer Valerie Stimac, details 35 dark-sky spots, stargazing tips and ventures into the future of commercial space travel. We'll talk with Stimac about astrotourism, including how and when to watch the Geminid meteor shower on Friday, and we want to hear from you: What are your favorite spots for staring at the night sky?


Valerie Stimac, travel and space tourism writer; author, Lonely Planet's "Dark Skies: A Practical Guide to Astrotourism"