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  • The best places for looking to the skies

    2013-06-18

    Whether you're traveling through Europe, South America or the U.S., there's no denying that big cities have a considerable draw, but if you're among those who like to enjoy the night sky, a metropolis is not your best bet. Densely populated areas tend to obscure the celestial bodies that hang in the heavens, but there are often more remote locations that can offer up breathtaking views of the stars. There are many ideal places, but according to Departures magazine, a few in particular that stand above the rest.

    Australian Outback
    Considered to be one of the remotest places in the world, the Australian Outback is one of the best places to check out the night sky. The region is expansive, but there are several places in particular that are best-suited for a night of stargazing, and that includes the world famous Ayers Rock. This large sandstone formation is among the most recognizable natural features in Australia, and adds a compelling backdrop to an already breathtaking scene.

    Jasper National Park
    When the Rocky Mountains extend into Canada, they certainly do not lose their luster, and that is the case at Jasper National Park in Alberta, and according to Departures, it stands as one of the best places to enjoy a night of stargazing. Light pollution is almost nonexistent and if you're lucky enough to visit during October you can take part in the Dark Sky Festival, an annual star gazing event. There are several good spots within the park, including Pyramid Island and Athabasca Glacier.

    Sonoran Desert
    The Arizona wilderness offers some of the most remote landscapes you're likely to encounter during United States travel, so that makes it perfect for looking to the skies at night. However, it's not just its remoteness that makes the Sonoran Desert a treat for stargazers. It's location on the globe opens up new pieces of the sky that you likely would not be able to see from other destinations.

    "Being located in the southern latitudes of the United States means we can see more of the whole sky than places farther north," astronomer Richard Allen told the publication.

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