The region has been named an International Dark Sky Reserve, which means that it’s home to exceptional starry nights

From blood moons to solar eclipses.. it’s no surprise that the latest way to holiday is staring at the stars

 

CHILE

If you want to see a blanket of stars, hotfoot it to the Atacama Desert in Chile. It’s one of the hottest places for astro tourism. The Tierra Atacama gives its guests the chance to take a peek through the largest public telescope in the region and its inhouse astronomer will be able to tell you more about Saturn’s rings, craters on the moon and nebulas.

 

NEW ZEALAND

We’ve always know that New Zealand is a great place to go stargazing, but now it’s official as the Aoraki/Mount Cook region has been named an International Dark Sky Reserve. This means that it’s home to exceptional starry nights. Join the Big Sky Stargazing team at The Hermitage hotel where they will give you tips on reading the night sky with the naked eye, and also give you a guided tour of the night sky with telescopes and astro binoculars.

 

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ICELAND

If the volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls don’t blow you away, the view of the Aurora Borealis will. Check into the Hotel Ranga, which is home to the largest telescope in the country. They are so keen for you not to miss anything that they will even roll back the roof of the observatory to give you a better look.

 

OMAN

Join Alila Jabal Akhar’s inhouse astronomer in Oman. Not only will you be able to learn about galaxies, nebula, clusters and supernova remnants, but you will shown how to photograph nature’s own light show.

 

BOTSWANA

After enjoying a walking safari or quad biking ride across the Makgadikgadi Pans, enjoy an astronomy evening with the team from Jack’s Camp. As the nearest city is, ahem, light years away, you don’t need to worry about about light polllution.

 

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