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October 22, 2018 1 Comment

We rounded up the best places in the world to stargaze. Not only do all of these places have pristine night skies, they’re also home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.

Starry night sky

The 11 Best Places on the Planet to Stargaze

Glacier National Park, Alberta, Canada

Although famed for its glaciers and ancient forests, this park is fantastic for stargazing due to its isolated location. Situated at the top of Roger’s Pass in the Rocky Mountains, this park is the perfect place to enjoy the wonder of nature, whether its nighttime or daytime.

Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

Literally named “forehead in the sky” park, Sagarmatha National Park is dominated by dramatic views of Mount Everest. If you want to be close enough to touch the stars, this park is the place to visit. 

Atacama Desert, Chile

Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

Renowned as the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert has some of the clearest skies in the world. With zero light pollution and stunning Mars-like views, it’s no wonder that it is home to the largest radio telescope in the world.

 Salt Flats, Bolivia

During the rainy season, the Uyuni salt flats become an other-worldly scene. The entire salt flat becomes covered with a thin layer of water, mirroring the sky above. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to stand on the moon, this may be the closest you’ll get.

 Abisko National Park, Sweden

The most sparsely populated country in Northern Europe, Sweden has very little light pollution, making it a fantastic place for stargazing. Abisko National Park is also famed for its regular occurrences of aurora borealis, giving you the opportunity to see a once-in-a-lifetime celestial show.

 Death Valley National Park, USA

The hottest, driest and lowest national park in the United States of America, Death Valley is a striking place to do some stargazing. With 91% of the park being designated wilderness area, there is almost no light pollution. Check out this video to see how spectacular the night sky can be: 

 

Warrumbungle National Park, New South Wales, Australia

If you look at any nighttime photo of the globe, you’ll see that the Australian Outback is one of the few places in the world with no light pollution. As the only dark sky park in the southern hemisphere, this is the top place to see the Southern Constellations

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Also known as the Valley of the Moon, there’s no doubt that Wadi Rum is one of the most spectacular places on earth to enjoy the night sky. Humans have lived in Wadi Rum for over 12 000 years, undoubtedly for its breathtaking landscape and beautiful clear skies.

Milky Way

Mauna Kea Observatory, Big Island, Hawaii

Already home to a number of observatories, the summit of Mauna Kea Volcano is perfect for stargazing. With its 4000 m peak, dark skies, and dry weather, it’s said to be the best place in the world to view the stars with the naked eye.

 Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands

With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Sahara desert on the other, Tenerife is terrifically situated to give clear views of the heavens. Being close to the equator, you can see 83 of the 88 officially recognized constellations from Teide National Park.

NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

The first Dark Sky Reserve in Africa, NamibRand Nature reserve has been designated as a Gold Tier International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark Sky Association. Between the beautiful desert and the pristine night skies, you’ll be sure to see something to take your breath away.

 

Can you see any dark sky areas we missed in this NASA video? Let us know in the comments! 

 

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1 Response

Heather Pasini
Heather Pasini

November 22, 2018

Warrumbungle National Park, New South Wales, Australia is so amazing. I have never witnessed a night sky like I saw there.

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