Do you love looking at the night sky and stargazing? If spotting planets, constellations, and the Milky is on your bucket list, your next vacation should be to one of the best stargazing spots in the world. There are the top three places around the world to see the stars.
The Atacama Desert, Chile
The driest place on Earth besides for the North and South Poles, The Atacama Desert is amazing for stargazing due to high altitude, few clouds, light pollution, and near-zero radio interference. The views of the most famous constellations of the Southern Hemisphere sky are crystal-clear which means you’ll get a look at the Tarantula Nebula, the Fornax Cluster of galaxies, the Southern Cross, and the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, Japan
Located in Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture, Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park was the first place in Japan to receive the International Dark Sky Places accreditation. While there you’ll be able to see up to 84 of the 88 constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union.
Mauna Kea, Hawaii, United States
Located in Mauna Kea, Hawaii is the Mauna Kea Observatory, the largest research observatory in the world. It’s home to thirteen of the world’s largest and most powerful telescopes and you can see many of the Northern Hemisphere’s celestial wonders like the Milky Way, the bands of Jupiter, and the constellations of Ursa Major and Orion. Because Mauna Kea is so close to the equator, you can see around 80 percent of Southern Hemisphere stars there as well.