Minggu, 16 Mei 2010

11 Best places to see the night sky [Pics]


Best places to see the night sky
Galloway Forest Park in Scotland has been highlighted as
Dark Sky Park with very little light pollution, and one of the
best places to view the night sky in Britain. Here we suggest
a few more places, both abroad and close to home,
where you can see the galaxies above at their most dazzling.

Natural Bridge National Monument, Utah, USA
This ancient, natural monument in the US state of Utah is so
far away from cities and their associated light that it was
named the first international Dark Sky Park.

The Very Large Telescope, Chile
So high and dry is Paranal in Chile, and so clear its night
skies, that the European Southern Observatory set up its
aptly named Very Large Telescope in the area...

The Very Large Telescope, Chile
While more casual observers are unlikely to pick up the
kind of detail pictured here (of spiral galaxy NGC 1350),
the conditions in this region of Chile are among the best in
the world for amateur stargazers.
Star-gazing in the UK
Despite a much denser population, there are still places
in the UK for uninterrupted views of the night sky.
The National Trust recently highlighted several places where
observers could get good
views of the Perseid Meteors (pictured) in Britain...

Stonehenge, UK
Visitors to this ancient pagan site have keenly watched the
night sky above Wiltshire since prehistoric times, an activity
that continues to this day,
despite the presence of nearby A roads.

Wicken Fen, Cambridge
The National Trust also suggests Wicken Fen in Cambridge,
one of the country's few surviving 'wild' fens, known for its
big skies...

Mam Tor, Peak District
as well as the area around Mam Tor in the Peak District,
shielded from the bright lights of nearby Sheffield,
Manchester and Leeds.

Kielder Observatory, Northumberland
This observatory opened in 2008, making it one of the
newest stargazing facilities in Europe. Northumberland is
known as a region with specular, clear night skies.

Northern Lights
Some of the most spectacular night skies are visible to the
naked eye – although sadly not from the UK. Good places to
see the strange haunting Northern Lights include
Sweden (pictured), northern Canada, and other areas
beyond the Arctic Circle.

Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London
If getting out of the city really isn't an option, the wonder of the
night sky can still be appreciated. The Peter Harrison
Planetarium in Greenwich is one option, or you could also
try the National Space Centre in Leicester.

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