Approximately half of the population cannot see or examine the Milky Way. According to multiple experts, the night sky is so well lit that people cannot see the constellations.
The residents of Earth turn on the lights in different cities of the world, and energy shoots up in almost every direction. We can say that light obscures the stars. The people of Ancient Egypt and multiple other cultures used to study astronomy in olden days, mainly because the sky was clear. The world was not polluted.
There are certain places on Earth through which you can still witness the magnificence of the night sky and stars in general. The places that we are about to mention are not polluted and look incredibly dark during the night.
Let’s have a look at them, shall we?
1) Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand:
Aoraki Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand. I’d suggest planning your trip around it if you’re willing to witness the night sky. It looks clear, dark and divine at night. Moreover, sightings of distant Magellanic Clouds have been reported in that region.
2) Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania:
The park approximately covers 48—acres of northern Pennsylvania. It is considered as one of the darkest locations on planet earth. Why, though? It is so dark that you can witness thousands of stars with a naked eye. People can see the Milky Way and multiple lights from other galaxies during their stays at the Cherry Springs Park.
3) Pic du Midi, France:
Pic du Midi looks stunning during the day and night. As sunset slowly dims the mountainous scenery, bright, full-of-life and sparkling stars cover the night skies. Multiple experts and space aficionados can easily spot various constellations and planets during their overnight trips with cable cars climbing to the summit, drinks and supervised stargazing sittings.
4) Mauna Kea, Hawaii:
Approximately thirteen massive telescopes cover the entire summit of 4200m-high Mauna Kea, which is an inactive volcano on the Hawaiian island. Due to its high altitude, scientists and space enthusiasts can easily examine the night skies. Between sunrise and sunset, the mountaintop is open to the visitors. Many gather to click pictures and experience the exquisiteness of the universe.
5) La Palma and Tenerife, Canary Islands:
The Canary Islands house three UNESCO-recognized ‘Starlight Reserves’. The beautiful starry sky can be observed clearly from across the Atlantic Ocean archipelago, but the enthusiasts are oftentimes advised to move towards La Palma and Tenerife. They have also set up an Astro-tourism industry for those who require guidance.
6) The Atacama Desert and Elqui Valley, Chile:
Due to low rainfall, high altitude, and almost nonexistent light pollution in Chile’s Atacama Desert and Elqui Valley region, multiple space enthusiasts go there. The Elqui Valley became the first-ever International Dark Sky Sanctuary in 2015.
7) Jasper National Park, Canada:
The path leading to Alberta’s Jasper National Park is quite difficult, and enthusiasts have to cross multiple pine forests to get there. However, the road ultimately leads to the majestic Canadian Rockies. At night, the views get much better. People oftentimes camp there to experience the beauty of the night sky. The site remains open and operational throughout the year.