The starriest skies in the world
Astronomer Carl Sagan once said, “The sky calls to us. If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day venture to the stars.” In the meantime, here are 12 of the planet’s best places to downshift and dream, while constellations shimmer against the darkness. Text by Amanda Castleman | Photo editing by Connie Ricca
Astronomer Carl Sagan once said, “The sky calls to us. If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day venture to the stars.” In the meantime, here are 12 of the planet’s best places to downshift and dream, while constellations shimmer against the darkness.
Text by Amanda Castleman | Photo editing by Connie Ricca
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There is no question that many sites in the southwestern U.S. have incredible night skies, especially away from the bright lights of major cities. I find it interesting that one of the best places for stargazing in this area is Bryce Canyon National Park in southwestern Utah. Not only are the skies there very dark and clear, but the park arguably has the most developed astronomy program for visitors of any unit in the National Park Service. I have volunteered in that program for three years and have visited many National Parks and have had chance to observe under their night skies, and none have exceeded Bryce Canyon. For those interested in night sky observing in U.S. National Parks, you may want to consider the book Stars Above, Earth Below - A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks by Tyler Nordgen. Even if you can't get to the U.S. southwest or similar, if you can find a area that is dark the view of the night sky can still be amazing.
I moved to the Morongo Basin area (High Desert) in California 2 years ago. With exception to the small area shopping centers, the majority of folks comply with not polluting the night sky with outdoor light. If you are new to the area, a neighbor might drop by and inform you - perhaps with suggestions about using other light receptacles. Try the Joshua Tree National Park. Long-term residents call it the 'Monument' which I've grown to believe is more appropriate. The night skies out here are exquisite.
But thanks for sharing the other locations with us.
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Do you think sunrises or sunsets are more romantic?
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- I rarely get to enjoy either