So you’ve wanted to see the milky way from as long as you first saw a photograph of it. Or even longer.
A cluster of stars thrown across the night sky freely, artistically is honestly what we all need. But it’s not as easy. We can barely view a few from our roofs, so being able to watch the milky way requires some special conditions, obviously. Stargazers aren’t disappointed by this, though. Some of us are willing to go to lengths and travel distances for the one sight that can make us wonder about the coincidence of life. We have listed down the five places around the world known primarily for their view of our galaxy. These places have just the right altitude and only minute traces of light pollution, if any.
Arches National Park, Utah (U.S.)
Known to the world as the best place to watch the night sky and our galaxy, the Arches National Park in Utah, U.S. stands at an elevation of 5000ft, a perfect altitude to watch the milky way on a clear night. This particular national park is also at a considerable distance from the sources of light pollution, giving a phenomenal, undisturbed view. Guides will help you find the best spots to view the milky way from and, believe us you, you will not be disappointed!
Sahara Desert, Africa
The largest hot desert in the world is a desert by day and a stargazer’s dream-come-true by night. The vast expanse of the desert allows viewers to witness our galaxy in silence and appreciation. Because it covers an area of over 9 million sq. km, it’s safe to say that this wonder is isolated, staying at a good distance away from sources that can distort your view.
La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
With an elevation of almost 8000ft, the street lights of La Palma have especially been designed to keep away light pollution. This island in Spain has been known for being astro-photogenic because of the multiple peaks that stand at an impressively high altitude and give an unrestricted view of the night sky. One of the most important observatories of the world, Roque de los Muchachos observatory, makes it all the more special for the astronomer in you!
Mount Bromo, Indonesia
Make sure to check volcano predictions before you head for the stunning Mount Bromo, because these are a cluster of active volcanoes that erupted last in 2016! Part of the lava islands, the peaks reach as high as 7000ft and more, making them perfect for watching the milky way. The volcanoes, erupting or not, make this place especially photogenic and daring.
Tasman Glacier, New Zealand
The largest glacier in New Zealand, the Tasman Glacier provides the most scenic view for those staying the day or night. The picturesque place is isolated, with a remarkably low population density, but is still very accessible for whoever wants to visit.
Imagine dragons, imagine mountains and imagine an exceptionally high altitude. Now imagine being there, watching the milky way. Dreamy, isn’t it?
Before you head over to these enthralling destinations, make sure you check the weather forecasts for them. A cloudy or rainy day will still be stunning, but it won’t allow you to see our galaxy.
Which of these places will top your travel list? Tell us below!
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