Some of the best places for stargazing

If you're looking for dark night skies, a place protected from light pollution, look ahead to the dedicated International Dark Sky Reserve. Here are 10 places that offer the best stargazing conditions

Located on New Zealand's South Island, the massive combined area of Aoraki and the Mackenzie Basin provide a stunning backdrop for searching the heavens.

Aoraki Mackenzie - New Zealand

This part of Wales lacks the population density that would negatively affect the night sky, although it is within easy reach of over a million people.

Brecon Beacons National Park - Wales

The only International Dark Sky Reserve in the US with no infrastructure. And that means there is no electric lighting to contaminate the celestial atmosphere.

Central Idaho - United States

The 81 square kilometers of protected core land at Exmoor is a treasure. You'll find other attractions like a deserted medieval settlement and Bronze Age burial mounds.

Exmoor National Park - England

If you plan to follow the Wild Atlantic Way trail in Ireland, you'll also come across Kerry. It's worth stopping overnight to enjoy the brilliant sky.

Kerry - Ireland

Mont-Mégantic - Québec

Located close to the Maine border, Mont-Mégantic is a pioneering force in reducing light pollution, having decreased the area's contributions by 25 percent.

Moore's Reserve, South Downs National Park - England

Moors Reserve is within 100 kilometers from London, one of the most light-polluted places , the reserve area within the South Downs is shocking dark

NamibRand Nature Reserve - Namibia

Situated in the Namib Desert, this reserve is one of the darkest places on Earth. You'll probably also have the chance to see plenty of local wildlife.

Pic du Midi - France

Pic du Midi is home to a huge observatory and is surrounded by gorgeous mountains. Taking this scene will  like you are in a James Bond movies, especially in the dark of night.

Snowdonia National Park - Wales

It's no surprise that you'll find the brightest star in the sky here. The interior is made up of  forest making it one of the darkest places left in South Britain.

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