6-Best Dark sky Reserves to Watch Wonders of the Night Sky

Night sky has always been a thing of amusement for me. The feeling of joy and satisfaction while watching infinite stars glowing in the sky is something which always rejuvenate me after the long tiresome day. Even right now I am on my terrace watching the wonders of night sky while writing this post on my laptop. Yup watching pretty glowing sky with stars is an efficacious way to increase your productivity. But in today’s polluted environment of cities it is sometime hard to find peace and to watch night time wonders at its full prettiness. Don’t worry there are some places designated by International Dark-Sky Association, a global association which focuses on promotion and protection of the vast beauty of the night sky from environmental pollution, where you can see the wonders of night sky.                                                

Northumberland Dark Sky Park (UK)


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Northumberland Dark Sky Park is famous among astrologers, who travel here in order to watch the Andromeda Galaxy in winters and comets and meteors in summer. Beside this, the reserve is popular for Hadrian’s Wall, writer George RR Martin (sounds familiar) used this site as an inspiration for his WALL for the hit bestselling book “The song of ice and fire” and for the hit TV series Game of Thrones. Moreover this beautiful site of the Hadrian’s Wall is designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve (New Zealand)


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It is ranked as the world’s biggest Dark sky reserve and is best if you want to watch pollution free night sky. The Aurora Australis and the southern star can be well watched from this beautiful location with the help of stargazers. Visitors can take personalized day and night tours as it is spread in about 4300sq km covered by alpine landscape in the west and Two Thumb range in the east.

Big Bend National Park (USA)

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Situated in Texas where you can see around 2000 stars, meteors and planets like Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. According to experts on a clear night you can even see the core of the Andromeda Galaxy. Being situated in the south most in northern hemisphere, Southern Cross and the Southern Stars are also viewable from this particular reserve.

Mont-Megantic International Dark Sky (Canada)


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One of the best thing about this dark Sky reserve is that the observatory here provide public telescopes to see moon craters, galaxies, planets and star clusters. Also sometimes Northern light phenomenon is visible from here.

Death Valley National Park (USA)


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Situated in California this national park offer some of the best heavenly views of the night sky. It plays host to several astronomy groups from November to April, who come here to track meteor shower, lunar eclipse and some of the distinct stars of the Milky Way.

Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve (Ireland)

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This reserve not only offers a great view of the night sky but since it is sandwiched between the Kerry Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, you can expect a great landscape view also. This reserve is free from any light pollution and is considered the darkest sky in Ireland, you can watch the pretty stars and meteors under natural moon light.

If you are going to visit a Dark Sky Reserve which one will you visit?

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  1. Shubham Choudhary
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