Best Place in the World to See Stars

It is truly sad that the night sky is disappearing over time. Due to industrial lights, pollution and gases in the atmosphere, the thousands of stars that were once visible to the unaided eye are now barely visible. A truly dark sky�s chances of being seen in this day and age are extremely low. Some researchers say that in Europe and United States, a child born now has a 10% chance of observing a completely dark sky. Nature has been set up to make dark skies rare. Those who reside in cities can see, at most, 500 stars in the sky, while in less populated areas some see over 10,000 stars along with the Milky Way. These people can easily see 30 �shooting stars,� or meteors, per hour. The dark sky has so many fascinating attributes that one must be fortunate to view them in his or her lifetime. It has become quite a struggle to find those dark places nowadays. Although there is not one best place in the world to view stars, there are a few places (not listed in any specific order) recommended by stargazers who have unraveled the perfect locations.

1. Chile

The Atacama Desert in Chile has a high altitude, dry air, and best of all, no air pollution. This is the highest desert on Earth. It is a perfect place to catch the clearest sky. This is an amazing location for stargazing without any interruptions of city life.

2. New South Wales, Australia

The eucalyptus woodlands of this location have 100 acres of land specific for stargazing. This location is owned by a local astronomy society and provides observation facilities. Many people choose to camp in this territory. The society has an annual �South Pacific Star Party� that people come to star watch while gazing at one of the darkest skies.

3. Hawaii

Hawaii is a popular place for stargazing. Due to the islands being in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, they are barely influenced by light pollution. The most fascinating spot is the volcano of Mauna Kea located on the Big Island. It�s also the home of Keck Observatory due to the volcano being 9,000 feet high. This location is also going to be where the Thirty-Meter Telescope is going to be featured. It is scheduled to be finished by 2018.

4. New Mexico

The New Mexico inn is a unique place to stay. The hotel is in the Sacramento Mountains. Check-in is before sunset and people are not allowed to drive out after dark. The whole purpose is to preserve one thing: darkness. The whole place is kept quiet most of the time as well. This state offers clear nighttime views of planets, the moon and so many stars due to its high altitude, low population density, and lack of much light pollution.

5. The Caribbean Sea

The southern Caribbean Islands- St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines among them-are some of the best spots for stargazing. There is very little light pollution while you are in the middle of the sea. All you see around you is water and the beautiful sky in its clarity.





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