12 Otherworldly Destinations Perfect for Stargazing

12 Otherworldly Destinations Perfect for Stargazing

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You may be able to spot Orion's Belt & the Big Dipper from London and New York, but the glow of the Milky Way? You'll need to be somewhere a bit more remote for that -- like lunar-desert-on-Africa's-western-coast remote.

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    As night falls, the Milky Way, with its rainbow hues, is clearly visible.
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    It's speculated that several of the prehistoric buildings in the deserts of Hovenweep were designed in accordance with major celestial events including the summer solstice. Why they were built or how they were used remains a mystery.
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    In 2014, the northern lights -- phenomena usually only witnessed in high altitude regions -- were spotted a whopping four times in the 82-acre park.
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    The roads to Alberta's Jasper National Park wind their way through spruce and pine forests, ultimately giving way to the majestic Canadian Rockies. At night, the views only get better.
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    The worlds first Starlight Hotel, where a resident astronomer leads guided star walks through the grounds as well as sessions on the lodge's new stargazing platform.
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    Home to the worlds largest optical telescope, serious sky-lovers brave the elements (and low oxygen levels) for some spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
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    As far back as 6,000 years ago, the residents of Ireland's Iveragh Peninsula, an area isolated on either side by the Kerry Mountain range and vast Atlantic Ocean, used stone formations to track solar and lunar cycles.
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    The world's largest dark-sky reserve sits in a high plateau ringed entirely by mountains on New Zealand's rugged South Island. Here, visitors can spot the Magellanic Clouds, satellite galaxies of the Milky Way visible only in the Southern Hemisphere.
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    Camp out in the arid Namib Desert and take a guided tour of the dunes.
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    This 600-mile stretch of Northern Chile boasts the trifecta for ideal stargazing conditions: high altitude, unpolluted skies, and the driest non-polar air on Earth.
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    With its high altitude, proximity to the Equator, and distance from tropical storms, the remote Canary Islands off mainland Morocco enjoy some of the clearest, darkest skies.
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