Amazing places to Stargaze - part 2

In the previous blog, we covered some of the best places on Earth for stargazing. Mentioned here is the part 2, which has few more exotic locations, which you can visit for an overall humbling experience through looking at the wonderful stars. 12. Caldera de Taburiente National Park, Canary Islands, Spain This park has a 7,800ft high rocky mound called Roque de los Muchachos, which is above the temperature inversion layer of atmosphere - a layer above which air gets stable - thus keeping the moisture low and the atmosphere free of star-distorting turbulence. No wonder, it is home to numerous observatories. 13. SAAO, Cape Town, South Africa SAAO presents exciting opportunity for the visitors to enjoy open nights throughout the year where visitors are also taken on tours by scientist and guides, giving information about space, interesting facts and stories about universe, telescopes etc. The well-known crux constellation can also be observed from here. 14. Natural Bridges International Dark Sky Park, Utah, USA Looking into a spectacular view of skies filled with stars through massive natural bridges, one of the most magnificent natural bridges in the world, is awe inspiring. Natural Bridges is one of the darkest national parks in the country that also provides astronomy ranger programs during summer. 15. Teide National Park, Tenerife, Spain With “Starlight Tourist Destination” and “Starlight Reserve” awards in its kitty, Teide National Park is a must visit for star-lovers. Take the cable car to admire the dusk and night sky while having a romantic dinner at the mountain-top restaurant. 16. Kiruna, Sweden Being just 120 miles north of Arctic Circle, makes it a glorious place to stargaze and marvel in the beauty of northern lights. Arguably, one of the most beautiful phenomenon of mother earth. Kiruna is also Europe’s space tourism destination and has various space research facilities, including Esrange Space Centre. 16. Easter Island, Chile. It’s only extreme adventurers who venture to Easter Island. In this mysterious setting, you’ll feel the true magic after dark, when the sky comes alive with a million blazing stars that watch over the statues until sunrise. Tuscany, Italy. One of the most beautiful places in the country, where valleys and villas dominate the landscapes, while historic architecture in the cities attracts millions of visitors. This is also a place where in the 17th century Galileo Galilei has developed his telescope, igniting a revolution in astronomy. Tuscany is a great spot to view the Moon’s craters, sunspots and Jupiter’s satellites. 17. Atacama Desert, Chile. One of the driest places on Earth receives a millimeter of rain each year, thus providing wonderful conditions for stargazing. Clear sky, zero light pollution and high altitude ensure a sharp glimpse into the Southern Hemisphere. Paranal Observatory is proud of owning one of the largest telescopes in the world. Various astronomy tours take visitors to the desert and provide interesting trips, led by experienced guides.18. Hawaii. Not only the island group is a perfect holiday destination for sun-bathers, surfers and volcano lovers. The sky above is so clear from light pollution that watching stars is a real treat for your eyes. The Mauna Kea Observatories are located at 4205 m (13 796 ft) altitude and are one of the most famous in the world: a lot of discoveries have been made here. 19. Bryce Canyon, Utah. Boasting among the darkest skies in continental America, the national park's visitors can see up to 7,500 stars with the naked eye – nearly four times more than is typical in a rural area. The Piracy Point Trail, a half-mile round trip from Far View Point, leads to a primitive picnic area overlooking a cliff that is perfect for stargazing. 20. Death Valley National Park. California. For those hoping to see meteor showers or lunar eclipses, there is no better vantage point than Death Valley National Park. The park produces very little artificial light within its 3.4 million acres, 91 percent of which are designated as wilderness with no development. But what really makes this Gold-Certified International Dark Sky Park so special is the combination of dry climate, clean air, and an expansive horizon that seems to start at your feet.

Naming a Star gives an amazing opportunity to start and see these amazing places. Name it as a gift and give your friend or loved one an opportunity for them to start their Star Gazers hobby.