You’ve got yourself a telescope for viewing planets, but where are the best places in the world to stargaze? Here are 10 best places in the world to stargaze.
1. Atacama Desert, Chile
You can view the southern night sky clearly at this dark location where the landscape makes you feel like you’re walking on Mars.
2. High volcanoes of Hawaii
You’ll find a world-leading observatory at this spot, so it must be good! You need to be a lover of high altitudes and cold temperatures for this one with the best viewing at 9-10 thousand feet.
3. National Parks of the South West United States
There are a few parks to choose from that are seasonally optimal for stargazing. These range from Acadia in the Northeast to Mount Rainier in the Northwest, Yellowstone in Wyoming, the Badlands in South Dakota, and Big Bend in Texas.
In 2007, the Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah became the world’s first designated dark-sky park.
Glacier Point in Yosemite is a popular summer viewing location for amateur astronomers.
Death Valley is another and has accommodation fitted out with sky-friendly lights to attract the sky-watchers.
4. La Palma, Canary Islands
Off the coast of north-west Africa, a major observatory exists on the Canary Islands at the edge of Caldera de Taburiente at an altitude of nearly eight thousand feet. This one requires some hiking.
Another high altitude spot at this location is Teide National Park, which boasts a volcano with the highest point in the Atlantic Ocean.
5. Western Australia Outback
There are many parks and just open spaces of Western Australia that are great for stargazing within an hour or two of the capital city, Perth. Close locations include Gingin and Toodyay. There is an observatory and space places designated nearby.
Known as the Wheatbelt, on a moonless night, the Milky Way will seem bright and endless.
The best national park location for this is the Pinnacles in the Nambung National Park. Travel along the Indian Ocean Drive on the Coral Coast and you’ll capture some great views.
Other best stargazing spots, cited by numerous sources:
6. The Sahara Desert, Morocco
7. Easter Island, Chile
8. Trysil, Norway
9. NamibRand National Reserve, Namibia
10. Pic du Midi, France
Many other locations exist that can give you a great clear night sky view.
There might be a place close to you.
Australia is a place known for its large open spaces with clear skies ideal for stargazing, particularly in the interior of Australia and not confined to Western Australis.
Wherever you are, you’ll want somewhere away from light pollution.
You may have to go farther afield than your neighborhood, with light pollution currently impacting the abodes of 80% of the North Americans.
Where is the Darkest Place on the Planet?
This may become the Holy Grail of astronomy given the extent of light pollution on Earth today. Earth’s nights are becoming ever brighter with modern development, making it increasingly harder to find good spots to view and study celestial objects.
Already, light has impinged on established astronomy research institutions, like the Sydney Observatory in Australia, which no longer operates for research because of light impingement.
One place, the San Pedro de Atacama region of Northern Chile is said to be the darkest place on Earth for stargazing.
You can find a designated dark sky spot in the USA at darksky.org
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