Stellar news - literally - for astronomers and lovers of space and science around the world…Austria just opened the first permanent star walk installation :)
Grossmugl, a town outside Vienna (Austria’s capital) recently debuted an edu-tainment venue called The Grossmugl Star Walk, designed by Project Nightflight, a nonprofit association in Austria registered as an "Association for the Presentation and Conservation of the Starry Sky," which unifies experienced and active astrophotographers around the world to capture and communicate the unpolluted night sky via photography as a resource for global environmental conservation.
Freaking. Cosmically. Awesome.
Their outreach involves publishing astronomical articles with their work, referenced HERE.
So what is The Grossmugl Star Walk?
A permanent star walk installation designated for astronomical observations with the unaided eye. On a 90 minutes’ walk, visitors get an easy introduction to observing the night sky, live and with their own unaided eyes, awesomeness guaranteed. Nine stations with descriptive displays guide the visitors through the starry sky. The 1.5-km-long tour is free of charge, open all year round day and night and available without booking or reservation.
The ‘Sternenweg Großmugl’ was officially opened on a bright late spring day, on May 24, 2014. A group of enthusiastic visitors from neighboring villages and from Vienna came to celebrate the first walk together. In the light of a magical glowing sunset, the joyful party of star aficionados started their trek. Walking in the falling twilight, they followed the nine stations to Stars Rest, the last stop of the Grossmugl Star Walk. Later in the night, huge storm clouds built up on the horizon. Heavy lightning in all directions provided a spectacular light show and brought the event to a fantastic culmination.
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Oh and be sure to download the press release regarding The Grossmugl Star Walk :)
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