13 Otherworldly Destinations Perfect for Stargazing
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13 Otherworldly Destinations Perfect for Stargazing

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You may be able to spot Orion’s Belt and the Big Dipper from London and New York, but the glow of the Milky Way? You’ll need to be somewhere a bit more remote for that—like lunar-desert-on-Africa’s-western-coast remote.

Tenerife on the Canary Islands

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With its high altitude, proximity to the Equator, and distance from tropical storms, the remote Canary Islands off mainland Morocco enjoy some of the clearest, darkest skies. What’s more, Tenerife, the largest island, passed a law that controls flight paths in order to protect its stargazing conditions. It’s also the host of the semi-annual Starmus Festival, a celebration of science, music, and the arts.  Festival attendees, which have included Neil Armstrong and Stephen Hawking, enjoy lectures, screenings, and space-themed parties. Until the next gathering, visitors can tour the Teide Observatory (open April through December) or take a cable car to the top of volcanic Mount Teide for dinnertime stargazing.

13 Otherworldly Destinations Perfect for Stargazing

Tenerife on the Canary Islands

With its high altitude, proximity to the Equator, and distance from tropical storms, the remote Canary Islands off mainland Morocco enjoy some of the clearest, darkest skies. What’s more, Tenerife, the largest island, passed a law that controls flight paths in order to protect its stargazing conditions. It’s also the host of the semi-annual Starmus Festival, a celebration of science, music, and the arts.  Festival attendees, which have included Neil Armstrong and Stephen Hawking, enjoy lectures, screenings, and space-themed parties. Until the next gathering, visitors can tour the Teide Observatory (open April through December) or take a cable car to the top of volcanic Mount Teide for dinnertime stargazing.

© Nicholas Buer/Corbis
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