Never seen a shooting star? Here are the best places to stargaze!

by - 05:16

I have recently found a 2014 bucket list from one of my old diaries, which states how badly I want to see a shooting star. I used to think that shooting stars were fictional, and could only be seen if you were an animated character in the likes of Peter Pan or Cinderella. To this day, I still have not seen a shooting star, but I don't think that I am completely alone on this as the probability of seeing a shooting star in the United Kingdom is fairly low.
The best places to look out for shooting stars are dark places, far away from dark lights so that you can be 100% sure that what you have seen is a shooting star. However, shooting stars are more likely to peak in warm climates and obviously the more that you star gaze, the more likely you are on seeing one. When you sit down and think about generic stars, they are actually amazing. It makes you realise how small we actually are in a huge galaxy.

After doing some research online about this topic, here are my top 5 places that I would love to stargaze at!

1. Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
The 82-acre park in north of Pennsylvania is a great place to star gaze. Looking at photos, the dark sky lets you see the milky way so clearly which allows you to see the hundreds-of-thousands of glistening stars.


2. Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California
I have previously talked about how beautiful this National Park is in my national park blog a few weeks ago, and it turns out, that it is just as good by night as it is by day. The Glacier Point holds the perfect back drop for an array of shining stars, which enables you to get a glimpse of the far away galaxies.


3. The Atacama Desert, Chili
 The Atacama Desert is in northern Chile, stretching from the Peruvian border south for 600 miles. They do their own stargazing tour, but it is also great to go yourself and take as much time as you need to view the stars. It has one of the clearest night skies in the world, and you won't be disappointed by the array of lights in the sky.


4. Mauna Kea, Hawaii
Annoyingly I have been around this area, but had no interest in stargazing or views when I was in Hawaii as I was only 9 years old. If I went back to Hawaii, I would definitely visit this place, its 13, 796 feet above sea level and is the tallest sea mountain in the world. Due to this high level, it has such clear air and minimal light pollution that every star is visible. 



5. Exmoor, England
Exmoor was granted International Dark-Sky Reserve status by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2011, and I am sure that nobody questioned why. Who knew that somewhere that is only a short drive from me, could be so beautiful at night? The national park has many events and activities that will help you get the most from your stargazing adventure.



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