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Published September 18th 2014
The sky presents beautiful sights that every person should witness; however, few people get to experience this beauty which is always smiling down at us. Imagine a sight illuminated by the brightest stars in our Milk Way, planets such as Venus and Jupiter coupled with meteors flashing across the sky, not forgetting the glow of neighboring galaxies like the Andromeda. Light pollution is however denying many people to experience this amazing spectacle. Actually, only about 10% of the population gets to witness this natural feature. Following are the best places to get a glimpse of the beautiful sky.
Galloway Forest Park, Scotland, Britain You don't have to fly out to experience the beauty of the "dark side", Galloway Forest Park will just do it for you. Here you will stare at a sky shimmering with more than 50 times more stars than you would in any city in Britain. At this park, you will get a real peek of celestial splendor without having to travel to far off lands.
At Canary Islands, it is said that "stars smile down at you". Here you will feel close to the cosmos. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, the islands present a thrilling star gazing experience; one doesn't even need a telescope. Due to its location in the northern latitude, the constellations of the northern hemisphere is visible all year through. The government has gone a long way in checking light pollution which has enabled many sky gazers experience this beauty no matter their location in the islands. Here stars seem to form a glittery blanket and shooting stars spread light showers endlessly.
Westhavelland International Dark Sky Reserve, Germany This is the closest dark sky reserve to a major light polluted city, situated 100 kilometers from the city of Berlin. At the park, one can see the Milk Way and Aurora Borealis displays. The darkest and most clear skies fall between May and July during new moon. At that time zodiacal light can also be spotted scattered in the sky.
Kruegar National Park, South Africa This Park is free from light pollution. The setting of the African Sun brings about a night sky filled with the Southern Cross, Scorpio, Saturn rings can also be spotted. Also, South Africa is the home to the largest telescope in the whole of Africa; the telescope is situated on a hill in Cape Town and is available to anyone interested in checking out the sky.
Northern lights tours: from Iceland to Siberia Commonly known as the Auroras, the Northern lights produce a magnificent spectacle in the Polar region sky. This breath-taking scenery begins early in the evening and lasts all the way through the night. The nights here are riddled with twinkling stars. The best time to watch the sky is during early spring or early autumn when the skies are dark.
Atacama Desert, Chile Located west of the Andes, this desert is most ideal for star gazing and is the home to the world's largest telescope. The area rarely experiences rain hence the skies are always clear from clouds and pollution. This place offers the best crystal clear sky in the whole of the Southern Hemisphere. Here, the Tarantula Nebula and the Fornax Cluster of Galaxies can be seen.