7 places for top-notch stargazing: Eyes on the sky
The first place I saw the night sky was in Vietnam. I was on my first patrol and we were dug-in for the night. I was laying on my back looking up at the sky. There was no moon. I could not believe what I was seeing. Billions of stars. After a few seconds I felt I could reach up and touch them. There was no sense of distance. I am from Chicago so you can imagine what it was like to see the sky for the first time with absolutely no ambient light.
Griffith Park/Observatory? I used to live in L.A. - you could only see the brighter planets, the Moon, and maybe a few 1st-to-2nd magnitude stars on a good night. The aptly named Grandview campground, located at an altitude of about 7000' above sea level, is located east of Bishop, CA in the White Mountains. Now *that* is a real dark-sky site/sight!
The most Beautiful night sky is located in north eastern Arizona in a small town called St.johns. the night sky is perfect for star gazing, it's just so clear I've seen a few meteor showers since i lived there.very pretty about 5' 600 above sea Level,very dark night sky.about 60 or plus miles not to sure of the mileage east of Hollbrook, AZ.
Yancey County, North Carolina, has one of the most 'dark' footprints on the east coast of the United States, as portions are in the shadow of the Black Brother mountain range, which contains several of the tallest peaks east of the Rockies. Come watch the stars here!
Some of the most beautiful night skies you will ever see is in eastern Kentucky,most people here can actually step out in their backyard and watch the sky with no problem of light being a problem... If you are passing through, Pine mountain is a great place to view the night skies...
Some of the most beautiful skies can be found in Patagonia. The eastern slopes of the southern Andes are dry, clear and void of any light pollution. Patagonia is a very empty, lonely place.
Really disappointed at the article, which seemed to cover mostly places in the United States and ended with a few other countries. This piece would be a lot better with more research into other places in the world where stars brighten up the night.
Take you pick of any of the Hawaiian Islands. I recommend Maui personally, I used to live there. Nothing beats going to the beach at nighttime with the ocean and the night sky as the sights and sounds surround you.
You feel the universe around you so much more than any other time...Maui No Ka Oi!