Last Sunday’s Supermoon has most likely left a lot of us in a starry-eyed state, so for this particular offering of the Wanderlust Wonderlist, we’ll be taking a look at some of the top stargazing spots around the world.
This list is courtesy of Travel + Leisure and was published way back in 2008, so if you’ve got a secret (or not so secret) stargazing spot that you would like to share, then feel free to direct us below!
Yangtze River Valley, China
Historically, the Chinese are some of the earliest and the most eager stargazers — they have kept meticulous records of astronomical phenomena such as eclipses for thousands of years. Having said that, the Yangtze River Valley offers great views and clear skies at night.
Speaking of history, this region is central Italy is widely regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, an era in which some of the greatest minds in art and science ever lived.
One of these great minds was Galileo Galilei. He was a physicist, a mathematician and an astronomer, and he was greatly remembered for his championing of heliocentrism (the notion that the Earth revolved around the Sun and not the other way around), his contribution to the improvement of the telescope, and his many astronomical observations.
So if you are keen on retracing the steps of this great man, then this Italian city is for you.
An astronomy-related locations list wouldn’t be complete if a Scandinavian country isn’t involved!
Kiruna is a remote city in the northernmost part of Sweden, not far from the Norwegian border. It is home to the Esrange Space Center and of course, the magnificent phenomena that is the aurora borealis.
You can view the whole list of destinations here.