Finding the darkest and clearest skies for a perfect view of the stars has become a dream to many today. It is impossible to gaze at stars with the heavy pollution and humidity all around in the city life. Stargazing has become a rare activity that many seek.
However, the good news is that there are still some amazing destinations with the beautiful weather and best stargazing conditions which are worth giving a visit. Not only are the skies the clearest in these places, but they have the best telescopes, observatories, and planetariums to offer you the unforgettable sight of the Milky Way.
Here are a few of the top places for stargazing which you will not resist adding to your bucket list:
Galloway Forest Park – Scotland
The national park offers the darkest and clearest sky with around 6000 stars that can be seen with the naked eye at once. It has many different beautiful spots that are great for sky-viewing. Plus, there are points that provide information relating to the stars and different planets for your guidance.
If you wish to look through a telescope, then the good news is that they have the dark sky observatory there for night-sky viewing. All you need to do to reserve a spot is pay about 10 pounds.
Flagstaff – Arizona
Flagstaff is the home of the Lowell Observatory where the planet of Pluto was first discovered (though not a planet anymore.) The night sky in Flagstaff is very dark and ideal for stargazing. Therefore, if you are an astronomy geek or a starry sky lover, you must add it to your bucket list. All you need to do to get in the observatory, look through the telescope and have a guided tour is to pay a small fee of about $10.
The Royal Observatory – London
The Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London is built on the land where the royal houses were situated in the era of William I. It is divided into a planetarium and a museum for which you have to pay a small admission fee. There you can get tickets for space shows and even look at the stars through a telescope. You can also enjoy the view, as it’s located on a hill overlooking the River Thames.
Atacama Desert – Chile
The Atacama Desert in Chile has the darkest night sky which offers the best stargazing conditions. It’s also a great spot for couples because you can stay at a timber cabin with a glass roof with a breathtaking view of the night sky. You can also visit the local observatory that has a collection of huge telescopes and take a guided tour to learn more.
Where have you spotted the beautiful Milky Way?
Juliet is a part of a Student Astronomical Society, an avid reader and science lover. She is an astronomy geek with a keen interest in new technology and gadgets for looking into space. She regularly writes reviews on Telescopic Watch.