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Brecon Beacons takes up astronomy tourism

Posted 17 February 2010
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Brecon Beacons takes up astronomy tourism
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Businesses in the Brecon Beacons National Park are getting involved in astronomy events as the area takes advantage of its low levels of light pollution.

Last week saw the first of a series of workshops jointly organised by the University of Glamorgan and the national park authority under the Diamonds in the Sky project, which is helping tourist industry workers learn about the sky at night, the BBC reports.

Tourism growth officer at the authority Carol Williams stated that the park was one of the "darkest areas in Europe" after sunset and noted that with 50,000 Britons interested in astronomy it made "perfect sense" to develop stargazing tourism.

Visitors to the Brecon Beacons keen on seeing the stars may wish to buy backpacks beforehand to help carry equipment such as binoculars and telescopes to the area.

The Brecon Beacons was established as a national park in 1957, named after the mountaintops that made ideal sites for beacons, as these could be seen for many miles.

Its highest peak is Pen Y Fan at 2,906 ft (886 m).

Posted by Dan Mirza