NowNS: Nova Scotia astro-tourism takes off – The Chronicle Herald

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NowNS: Nova Scotia astro-tourism takes off – The Chronicle Herald

by ahnationtalk on March 8, 2016242 Views

March 7, 2016

People travel across the world to witness unique natural wonders such as the Rocky Mountains and the Grand Canyon.

But in Nova Scotia, amid the velvety night skies over Yarmouth and Digby counties, they come to see the galaxy.

As our planet’s population grows, so too does light pollution, clouding the atmosphere and the stellar wonders beyond it. Today, as few as 100 stars are visible from many urban centres.

That’s in pin-sharp contrast to the skies over Kejimkujik National Park and the nearby Tobeatic Wilderness Area. Here, a near-total lack of human habitation means you can, on a clear night, see between 2,000 and 3,000 stars and even witness a Milky Way so bright it casts a shadow.

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