How long has it been since you took some time out to relax and stargaze? Even if you tried doing so in your urban city life, you probably couldn’t catch the best glimpse of the stars. The polluted skies of the cities make it impossible to have a wonderful stargazing experience but there are beautiful places across the globe where one can experience the bliss of night skies. These are 10 places to see the night sky and have an ultimate star gazing experience.
- Lofoten Islands, Norway
This beautiful archipelago has serene landscapes characterized by mountains, open seas, beaches and much more mind blowing natural scenery. These islands are famous for the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). It is also known for the mix of the magical colors like yellow, purple, green, red, etc. which can be seen during the night.
- Tuscany, Italy
With a rich historic architectural background and a backdrop of villas & valleys, this is one of the most beautiful places in Italy. An interesting fact to note is that Galileo Galilei started the revolution of astronomy in this location when he developed his first telescope. It is considered the best places in the world to view the night sky and even observe the intricate details of the Moon.
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- Atacama Desert, North Chile
This plateau in the northern part of Chile in South America is said to be the driest deserts on earth. It has become a hub for astronomical studies given its high altitude and houses one of the largest telescopes called ALMA. The clear skies for more than three-hundred days in a year makes it one of the best places for observatories and for star gazing.
- Mauna Kea, Hawaii
The high rise volcanoes of Hawaii like Mauna Kea are home to several observatories from different nations. The dormant volcanoes of Mauna Kea are 13,000 feet above sea-level. At this elevation, there are clear skies which enable people to have a wonderful view of the stars and the sunset above the clouds is said to be spectacular.
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- Namib Desert, Namibia
The vast Namib Desert is considered to be one of the largest and oldest deserts in the world. A part of the desert borders with the vast ocean, making it a natural wonder. The pristine sky and the dry weather make it an ideal place to star gaze. Due to the lack of crowd, this place is perfect to experience the beauty of stars in peaceful and serene settings.
- Spiti Valley, India
This quiet valley is far away from the cluttered polluted cities and is tucked away in the deep abyss of Himachal Pradesh. The Kibar Town of Spiti Valley is said to be elevated at 14,000 feet making it an ideal spot for star gazing. The clear magnificent skies give you an opportunity for a spectacular star-gazing experience.
- Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
This is a natural site for viewing rock formations, arcs, bridges, etc. during the day but at night, it completely changes. A wonderful place to star gaze is when the skies are very dark. This place is considered to have the darkest skies and the distinct form of Milky Way is said to be visible from this location.
- Tenerife, Canary Island
You can get to see shooting stars when you visit this beautiful and unpolluted island. This island also has starlight excursions for star gazing and astronomy enthusiasts. The Starmus Festival has been hosted on this island in every two years. Dark Sky observing with the use of telescopes is quite popular in this area also making this a very popular shooting location.
- Wiruna, New South Wales, Australia
The astronomy society has a designated land for astronomical observations and even accommodation for star gazers. Every year, amateur and professional astronomers meet here to exchange ideas and have discussions. Enclosed in between eucalyptus trees, it is considered to be one of the premium star gazing sites in the world.
- Mont-Mégantic National Park, Canada
The surrounding area of Mont-Mégantic National Park is a tourism oriented observatory where a large group of people can enjoy stargazing. There are fun group activities for people to take part in along with presentations and exhibits at the science center. Nothing can beat the fun combination of your friends and stargazing at the same time!
Stargazing can be fun and more so, it can help you relax. Our lifestyles have become very hectic and very stressful. Take a break from your busy schedules and embark on an adventurous journey to see these beautiful night skies when you have the opportunity to do so!