Is there a constellation that you can always find in the sky? When I was growing up, it felt like Orion was always right over my street, looking at the sky that wasn’t covered by trees. His broad shoulders and belt stood out from all the other stars. To date, it’s the only constellation I can find. Except when I get out of the city and face how many stars are actually in the sky. There is much. In our galaxy alone, a hundred billion. If you̵
Given the fact that outdoor activities are the only safe thing we can do right now, have you considered staring at the stars? Escape the light pollution, the fresh air and marvel at your insignificance in the face of these hundred billion stars. It will do your soul good.
Five best places in the world for stargazing
National monument of natural bridges
Lake Powell, Utah
The monument is almost free from light pollution and the world’s first dark sky park. You can camp among juniper trees at their campsite, which comes first and is served first, with a lot of open sky to watch the stars moving over you.
Rhosph Biosphere Reserve
Hessen, Bavaria, Thuringia, Germany
The ninth Dark Sky Park, the Rhon Biosphere, has been classified as silver due to efforts by local communities to keep the dark sky above them. All 200,000 inhabitants of the region use sustainable lighting at night. That means you can see both the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxy.
Yeongyang Firefly Eco Park
Yeongyang County, South Korea
This region of South Korea is too difficult to manage due to the mountain landscape. Though it’s a short 4.5-hour drive from Seoul, it’s one of the most sparsely populated areas in the country. The park is a nature reserve for fireflies who benefit from dark conditions. The park staff takes care of the light pollution and gives a great view of the stars near the city.
Pic du Midi
If it’s good enough for NASA, it’s good enough for us. At the summit of Pic du Midi in the Pyrenees, NASA scientists examined the surface of the moon to prepare for the first landing on the moon. A planetarium and a terrace with a view of the mountain range await visitors who take the cable car up to the mountain top. There are rooms for overnight stays and a gourmet restaurant, both of which make astronomy the most convenient science.
The ASTROLab Observatory is located in the Mont Megantic National Park, which contains some of the darkest skies in Canada. There are night programs and many telescopes in the two public observatories. You can also camp in the national park and experience the night sky without additional science.
The International Darky Sky Association is a non-profit organization that reduces light pollution around the world and is identified as Dark Sky Parks everywhere. Check your card to find a star near you.
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