First Astronomy Tourist Camps Will Appear in Kuban

Автор фото: Юлия Жуликова

Astrocamping will be launched in Krasnodar Territory for the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight into space. The project will help to introduce guests and residents of the region, in particular schoolchildren and students, to astronomical tourism. The head of the Center for Astronomy and Cosmonautics of the Krasnodar Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society, Alexander Ivanov, said that the first such camp would appear in Novokubansky District where there was a good astroclimate, which ensured unobstructed observation of space objects.

Alexander Chutskov, chairman of the expeditionary commission of the Armavir Local Branch of the Krasnodar Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society, conducted a technical inspection of the surroundings of the Gorkaya Balka khutor. After the inspection two sites were selected for setting the camps: one will open in the spring, the other in the summer.

"For many centuries, people have observed the stars, studied their movement, since in ancient times they were their only landmarks. Now modern devices have come to the aid of man in navigating the terrain. But people still admire the stars, shooting stars, planets, clusters and nebulae," noted Alexander Chutskov.


Автор фото: Михаил Вершинин

The terrain of the outskirts of the khutor itself is extremely picturesque and interesting from a geological point of view: practically on the territory of the khutor there is an ancient Khazar settlement. The students of Armavir State Pedagogical University have been studying it for many years. For those interested in archeology and geology, two educational excursions are planned: "Journey to the bottom of the Tethys Ocean" and "Ancient settlements of the Kuban region". These tours will, to a large extent, contribute to the tourist development of domestic tourism in the eastern zone of Kuban within the framework of "The 45th parallel is a connecting thread" project.

Astro-excursions telling about what is happening outside our planet have also been prepared for the guests of the camps.