The 15 Best Places In The World For Stargazing

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In an increasingly light polluted world, stargazing is a luxury taken for granted by most of us who live in big cities. But that doesn’t change the fact that the sky is beautiful with amazing views are out there to be seen. Away from the crowded urban areas, you can enjoy the beautiful night sky! Sometimes it’s just a short drive to enjoy the view in the less populated countryside. In this list we offer you a little more than that. Here are 15 of the most spectacular places in the world to give you an unforgettable stargazing experience!

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15. Atacama Desert, Chile

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The Atacama desert is home to several observatories. And there are a ton of reasons for that...

14. The Sahara Desert, Egypt

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The Sahara Desert takes up the 10% of the African continent. Since it's one of the largest uninhabited places on Earth, there's almost no light pollution, which is perfect for stargazing!

13. Namib-Naukluft Ulusal Parkı, Namibia

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This desert is perfectly flat and offers a 360 degree view of the horizon.

12. La Palma, Canary Islands

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The entire volcanic island of La Palma is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Currently, the world's largest telescope, the Gran Telescopio de Canarias, is located here.

11. The Empty Quarter, Arabian Peninsula

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This desert takes up the southeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. As the name suggests, it’s almost completely empty of people.

10. The Himalayas, Kuari Pass India

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Kuari Pass is a popular trail known for being the meeting place of five rivers. And it hosts some of the most spectacular views of night sky!

9. Hawaii, USA

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The island of Hawaii is the tallest sea mountain on the planet. Nowhere else on Earth are you so high, surrounded by water, AND this close to the heavens. The island is home to 11 different countries’ observatories.

8. Gingin Observatory, Western Australia

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Gingin is the largest public observatory in Australia also has amazing views.

7. Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania, USA

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This park was the first listed in Newsiosity’s list of “The 20 Most Spectacular Places on Earth to See the Stars.”

The location of Cherry Springs is positioned perfectly to view the center of the Milky Way galaxy!

6. Connemara, Ireland

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Connemara, Ireland is one of the most western sites in Europe that isn’t spoiled by urban growth. This is the perfect European destination for seeing the best night skies.

5. Wiruna, New South Wales, Australia

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This place hosts an annual party for stargazers. Whether you’re an amateur or an astrologist, every year in May you’re invited to the South Pacific Star Party!

4. Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

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Rather than going deep into the wild, or on a secluded mountain top, Tenerife is a luxurious vacation spot that just happens to also include one of the world's best observatories.

You can even go on a beach-picnic trip and learn about the night skies!

3. Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah, USA

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In 2007, Natural Bridges National Park was named the first dark sky park in the world by the International Dark-Sky Association.  This means that this is the first park in the world recognized by an international star-gazing group for its beautiful night skies.

2. Mont-Megantic Park, Quebec, Canada

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This park has an observatory, offers cabins, and stargazing activities. It's also a hot spot for families who just want to be under the night skies.

1. Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

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Joshua Tree National Park boasts some of the darkest nights in Southern California. It also offers some of the best views of the Milky Way on Earth!

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