The night sky has always been baffling and had been an inspiration to many poets who had penned down the beauty of nature. Apart from that, it is really a pleasure to lie down under the moonlit night gazing at the wonder. This feeling is really amazing. It is now a dream in the hubbubs of the city life when we are really busy and almost forgets what nature store for us.
However, it would be wonderful if you could take time out from the packed schedule and lie under the sky in a breezy night and get enveloped with the fascinating night sky. Let’s witness some of the spectacular night skies which are one of its kinds and have become a spot which is never to be missed by its own right.
Here are the top 10 Famous & Best Stargazing Places To Watch Night Sky In The World
10. Cherry Springs State Park, U.S.A
This is one great example which was considered to be one of the remote areas till two centuries ago. People, who love to see the night sky, flock to the park to be a part of the spectacular views of the Milky Way that can be visible from there. The black cherry trees stretch over a large area of 82 acres which is surrounded by the Susquehannock State Forest. It is simply enchanting to get the views of the astronomical elements as well.
9. Mauna Kea, Hawaii, U.S.A
This stands out to be the isolated island of Hawaii, and it is left all alone in the midst of the huge Pacific Ocean. Once there you can actually feel the wonders of nature. The place is one of its kinds and stands out to be one of the finest astronomical observatories in the world. The Mauna Kea turns up to be the highest points of the island Hawaii.
It is just breathtaking to see the night stars and it is believed by the localities that God is residing in the active volcano out there. Both the volcanoes of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea are nearly 4000 meters above the sea level. It is going to be an amazing experience to see the light of the stars gliding over you, once you are there in the night.
8. La Palma, Canary Islands
The volcanic island in the La Palma Island happens to be the clearest skies in the whole of Europe. This is one of the most amazing and a fascinating experience for the Astro-tourists and other night sky lovers. It is situated in the archipelago of the Canary Islands, Spain. The island came to known as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in the year 2002. There are three Starlight Reserves and is known for its zero level light pollution place. There are numerous constellations, which can be viewed from the place.
7. Namib Desert, Namibia
Situated in the midst of the desert of Africa, it is the most happening places and also stands out to be the popular Astro-tourism spot. This is because of the amazing beauty of nature. Despite the scorching heat of the desert, it is a wonder that after the sun sets, you can get a full 360-degree view of the sky. More so you get to see the unobstructed view from this place because it neither has any tree nor any other obstacles. Visitors from all over the world flock here and they are of the opinion that the stars here shines rather than twinkling and this what makes it spectacular.
6. Atacama Desert, North Chile
Sometimes the dark sides of nature turn out to be fabulous than all other earthly beings and if we are talking about the Atacama Desert, then it is really a baffling story to have a glimpse of the night sky out there. Millions of years have passed; still, it stands out to be an awe-inspiring feature. Astrotourism is increasing in leaps and bounds. It is certainly an amazing feature to catch the beauty of the millions of sparkling galaxies. You would feel lucky enough to view the nebulae moving round and for this, you need no instruments. You can have the spectacular view right there above you. ALMA or The Cerro Paranal is some of the observatories and if you want to be a part of the amazing night sky, you can surely leave no chance to visit them.
5. Spiti Valley, India
It is an extravaganza to be a part of the Himalayan chasm and enjoy the impeccable view of the night sky out there. The feature is magnificent because of the fact that there the atmosphere does not bear any pollution. This is what really makes it even more splendid for them who love star gazing. The view is so great that it can turn one to a philosopher (on the lighter note). Spiti Valley is just amazing and makes sure you get to know every nooks and cranny of the lunar calendar so that you do not miss out on the best time to view the night sky. If you want to capture the splendor out there make sure that you are equipped with the DSLR camera and the wide angle zoom lens and also the Astro-telescope.
4. The Sahara
The gigantic land nearly stretches about 9,200,000 sq. km and the vast sky above is quite an experience. Is it not awe-inspiring to think that it covers almost one-tenth of the whole of the continent of Africa. Sure it does. It is really a splendid feeling to camp under the vast sky and to behold the magical night. You will certainly find it difficult to explain the beauty of nature at this point. These are the experiences which you gather to feel once you travel.
3. Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
There are no two ways about the fact that the Fairbanks in Alaska has got one of the phenomenal night skies in the world. You are bound to feel that nature has used a paint and brush to give such an effect on the night sky. More so the color is not always the same. You will get to see an array of colors in the wide natural canvas – the sky.
It is better known as the Aurora and it is simply mind-blowing to see the change when the particles from the space get electrically charged and starts rotating following the magnetic field. They smash with the upper layer of the atmosphere along with the gas atoms which emits the varied range of light out there. The oxygen gives out the yellowish green color and the nitrogen emits the enigmatic blue color.
2. Stewart Island, New Zealand
The Maori’s of New Zealand calls the Stewart Island as Rakiura, which actually means glowing sky. There are observatories and since the area lacks pollution it results in the impeccable southern lights which can be experienced from here. It is said that the best time to visit the place for star gazing is winter and more so for the Aurora, which is best during this time. Summer is just not the right time since the area is full of the rays of the sun and it is difficult to get the view. It is mesmerizing to see the meeting point of the green and the red, which can easily be termed as the natural paint brush effect.
1. Lofoten Islands, Norway
Star gazing is not complete if you do not cover the northernmost part of the Arctic Circle. You will get to experience the magical bonanza of colors of all kind. Lofoten Island has two different kinds of place, one with the stormy sky, which is not suitable for the star gazing and the other side where you can stand for a longer period of time and you can experience the Aurora Borealis.
It is certain that you might not have watched the splendid array of colors like green, yellow, purple and red befitting all the splendid features of the world. NASA is of the opinion that the display of colors was significant since the Aurora Borealis have never come up with such an explicit range of color in nearly the last fifty years. It is certainly the jaw-dropping experience to see the whole sky lit up with a huge green band. Nothing can be mesmerizing than this.
So it is certain that however modern we become we cannot defeat the splendor of nature and one more thing is that nature stores innumerable surprises for us and all we need to do is experience them and remember that we can never be a part of this once we hamper the natural beauties by polluting the environment.