Astronomical tourism is the form of tourism that involves the sites with astronomical interest, historical and archaeological sites, modern research organizations (observatories, astronomical institutes), educational centres, space museums, planetariums, etc. It is part of scientific tourism. It may significantly contribute to tourism, as the interest towards science in the world is growing more and more. Astronomical tourism requires a tight collaboration between science and tourism, i. e. astronomical research institutions and individual astronomers on one hand (as well as amateurs and teachers), and travel agencies and experts in tourism on the other hand. Astronomical tourism may also significantly contribute to educational level by involving school pupils and students in cognitive tours to astronomical organizations. It also concerns the organization of scientific conferences and other events, as in this case a number of astronomers travel to the given country combining astronomy and tourism.



Armenia and neighbouring countries (forming the historical Armenian Highland) are very rich in sites related to ancient astronomy, as well as modern research institutions, and both may be regarded as centres for astronomical tourism.

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