3 of the Best Stargazing Spots in Europe

3 of the Best Stargazing Spots in Europe

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When was the last time you looked up to see the stars and marveled at the glorious beauty of the night sky? If you spend most of your time in cities, you may be missing out on one of the greatest wonders above you. In many places, light pollution gets in the way of what could be a majestic sight. Luckily, there are excellent spots from around the world that you can visit for a spectacular stargazing experience. A group or solo travel in Europe is a perfect excuse to go on a starry adventure. And if you are looking for places to go the best nightscape views, here are some of the best stargazing spots in Europe for your bucket list.

Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve, Portugal
Located in Portuguese Alentejo, Alqueva is a starlight tourism destination that boasts a glorious view of the night sky. At night, a blanket of stars covers this beautiful Dark Sky Reserve which stretches to about 3000 square kilometers.

Connemara, Ireland
Nature’s sublime beauty, with its dramatic landscape and gorgeous lakes, is not the only thing that shines brightly in Connemara. At night the sky dazzles as bright leaving those who are lucky enough to see it in awe. Far from the bright lights of the city, this is one of the places where you can spend hours just watching the stars.

Pic du Midi International Dark Sky Reserve (Réserve Internationale de Ciel Étoilé du Pic du Midi), France
Pic du Midi is designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve that spans more than 3,000 kilometers. The vast area reaches across two other famous attractions in France — the UNESCO World Heritage Site Pyrénées-Mont Perdu and the Pyrénées National Park. Visitors flock to the place to see the starry sky, the constellations, and more. It also boasts an observatory which serves as a venue for an annual event known as the “Night at the Summit” where stargazers can stay for a night and enjoy the magnificent vista of the sky.

3 Beautiful Coloring Books for Adults

3 Beautiful Coloring Books for Adults

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If you are looking for stress relief but have no time to travel to one of your favorite stargazing spots, you can easily find it from the pages of a coloring book. With a growing number of people rediscovering the fun and relaxing effect of adding color to shapes and patterns, there are now many downloadable colouring pages for adults that help unleash creativity and enjoy this popular mindfulness activity. And if you prefer to have your own coloring books, here are some of the best ones you need to have.

1. Cats: 70 Designs To Help You De-Stress by Aurelie Castex
Watching cat videos is said to be relaxing. But what if you can enjoy both the sight of cats and the soothing effects of coloring? Cats: 70 Designs To Help You De-Stress is a coloring book provides you exactly what it says it does. Here you will find a myriad of intricate adorable and intricate cat designs on detachable pages that allow you to put on display whatever finished work you like best.

2. Dream Cities: Colouring for mindfulness by Rosie Goodwin and Alice Chadwick
Take a coloring journey through the illustrations of various cities featured in this book. Get lost in the beautiful cityscapes of real and make-believe places and watch them come alive with colors of your choice.

3. Enchanted Forest: An Inky Adventure & Colouring Book by Johanna Basford
Tap into your creativity to reveal the stunning beauty of the enchanting forest as illustrated in this interactive coloring book. Calm your senses as you discover the secrets of the forest and marvel at the fairytale scene.

5 of the Best Spots in the World for Stargazing

5 of the Best Spots in the World for Stargazing

Light pollution often gets in the way of enjoying the breathtaking beauty of a starry night. If you live in an urban area, finding the best spot to watch the night sky and gaze at the stars can be a challenge. But if you are willing to make the trip, here are some of the best spots in the world for an unforgettable stargazing experience.

Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve (Mackenzie Region, New Zealand)
NZ night sky
Why go: Almost zero light pollution and surrounded by mountains, this dark sky reserve is a stargazing spot that is the closest thing to perfection.

Atacama Desert (Chile)
Atacama Desert night sky
Why go: This vast space stretches to about 600 miles and offers excellent visibility for stargazers. Boasting of idyllic conditions for nighttime sky-watching, the Atacama Desert is one of the places on the planet that should be on every avid stargazer’s must-see list.

Hovenweep National Monument (Utah, USA)
Hovenweep National Monument
Why go: Hovenweep National Monument is home to six prehistoric villages, several ancient structures, and stunning nature scenery. It also has ideal stargazing conditions, great spots to set up camp, and watch the open skies transform into a magical vista teeming with stars.

Kiruna (Sweden)
Kiruna
Why go: The remote town of Kiruna serves as home to the Esrange Space Center. With no light-polluted skies marring stargazers’ view, Kiruna offers near-perfect visibility for stargazing and watching the stunning northern lights that the area is also known for.

Sagarmāthā National Park (Khumjung, Nepal)
Sagarmāthā National Park
Why go: A UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, Sagarmāthā National Park is a protected area deep in the Himalayas with the majestic Mount Everest serving as a breathtaking backdrop. With its dramatic, remote, and unspoilt landscape, this vast nature reserve is an idyllic spot for stargazing.

5 Fascinating TED Talks about Astronomy

5 Fascinating TED Talks about Astronomy

Want to learn more about stars and other celestial bodies? Here are some of the most fascinating TED Talks about astronomy that will make you fall in love with the universe and its mysteries.

Carrie Nugent: Adventures of an asteroid hunter

Discovering cosmic objects and learning more about what’s out there is just part of the job for scientist Carrie Nugent. In this talk, she shares information and facts about how asteroids have shaped this planet.

Curtis Wong and Roy Gould: A preview of the WorldWide Telescope

Taking images from some of the best telescopes and satellites, Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope creates a magnificent interactive view of the universe. Here Curtis Wong and Roy Gould provide a preview of this awesome technology.

Henry Lin: What we can learn from galaxies far, far away

Intel Science Fair award winner Henry Lin delivers a talk about galaxy clusters and shares thought-provoking insights on what our own galaxy and world may teach us.

Jedidah Isler: How I fell in love with quasars, blazars and our incredible universe

“My first love was for the night sky.” And with that astrophysicist Jedidah Isler begins her talk that will take you to galaxies far, far away. She will then introduce you to objects you never thought existed and will leave you filled with wonder about the universe.

Natasha Hurley-Walker: How radio telescopes show us unseen galaxies

Astronomer Natasha Hurley-Walker talks about radio telescope and how, with the use of a special technology, it can help in discovering what may be previously unseen.