The global meteor network and meteorological station on Humac in the Municipality of Jelsa on the island of Hvar has started operating.
The Croatian Astronomical Association installed the equipment on Humac in cooperation with the Tourist Board and the Municipality of Jelsa as a continuation of activities aimed at proclaiming the Municipality of Jelsa the first international community of dark skies in Croatia, and the area of Humac international a park of dark skies.
The Dark Sky Park is defined by the strict criteria of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), the only non-profit organization in the world whose task is to preserve and protect the night environment and the heritage of the night sky through quality exterior lighting. , with the aim of preserving the natural treasures and great potential of the unpolluted night landscape and almost untouched nature.
The designation of the International Dark Sky Park is a unique way of promoting the protection of the night sky in the world, and thus also a special recognition of the protected landscape which provides added value and attractiveness not only in terms of nature protection but also in tourism. The label is awarded to protected areas of nature that have extremely dark skies full of stars and implement programs to popularize astronomy, educate the public on the issue of light pollution and actively promote and preserve the night sky for present and future generations.
On the first night of filming, the meteor camera recorded 125 meteors, 72 of which belonged to 7 known meteor swarms, of which the most numerous were meteors from the radiant in Berenikina kosa, a total of 12. : http://istrastream.com/rms-gmn/?id=HR001H, and the meteorological station at the services Weather Underground i Weather Cloud.
Two dark sky parks in Croatia
Although they are Petrova gora and Biljeg on June 17, 2019, officially declared the International Dark Sky Park as the first and then the only such park in Croatia, only three months after the proclamation, the company Transmitters and Communications (OIV) at the same location set up a tower with strong lighting that completely destroyed the very meaning of the park and lost its status.
So currently Croatia has two international parks of dark skies, one in Daruvar (Vrani kamen) and now in the Municipality of Jelsa on the island of Hvar.
Dark sky park on the island of Hvar as a tourist product? Absolutely
Although it is currently a relatively small community globally, dark sky tourism is growing from year to year and will only have rapid growth due to the coronavirus pandemic. So Lonely Planet, CNN and many others have included dark sky tourism in the upcoming trends in 2019.
The Dark Sky Park in Jelsa is certainly an excellent quality and different tourist product. Because seeing a sky full of stars, without light pollution, like the Milky Way, is definitely something that everyone should experience. Not only through tourists who are already on the island of Hvar in the context of additional offers, but also for some new tourists who are just attracted by black sky parks and for various students and scientists who study the sky and through education and workshops know how to stay for weeks. the story is there, now it needs to be nicely packaged and presented and sold.
When was the last time, or even ever, you saw a sky full of stars and no light pollution? A very rare opportunity and a unique experience.
Dark sky parks are extremely popular in America as well as Scotland, and how the champions of storytelling do it and how they turned the park sky into a tourist product, see in the attachment.
It is fascinating how in Scotland they know how to tell a great story in every situation. Find out more about International Dark Sky Parks HERE