In New York City, we trade in the lights in the sky for the lights in the city. If you prefer night skies to skylines, these are the places with the most spectacular, unpolluted starry views.
The Sahara (Africa)
The Sahara stretches for 9,000,000 sq km and is one of the least polluted places on the planet. Its remoteness makes for some spectacular views of the night sky.
Atacama Desert (Chile)
Atacama desert is the world’s most arid and is home to several astronomical observatories.
Volcanoes of Hawaii
The high volcanoes of Hawaii are home to several well-known observatories. The volcanoes Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are particularly famous for their views of starry skies.
La Palma (Canary Islands)
The volcanic island of La Palma Island is a magnificent place to look up at the stars. The entire island is also a UNESCO reserve.
One of the only remaining places to see the natural sky in Western Europe is in the high altitude of the Alps.