5 of the Best Locations for Cosmic Phenomenon

Since the beginning of time, humanity has looked upward and wondered. The cosmos, consisting of stars, planets and energies, has influenced life on Earth for millennia.

The ancient Egyptians constructed the pyramids to align directly to align with the Orion constellation. And our fascination with the celestial is still intense. Unfortunately, light pollution gets in the way of our viewing. Still, there are some fantastic locations for the cosmic phenomenon in wilderness areas.


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Southern Oceania

Oceania is home to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Tasmania is also located here. And Tasmania is isolated and largely untouched by humans. This makes it excellent for viewing cosmic events since light pollution and human interference is limited. Things to do in Cradle Mountain, Tasmania include watching the light shows associated with the north. Aurora Australis is similar to the Borealis yet is less common because of the limited land mass available.

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The Scandinavian Regions

On the other end of the planet, the northern regions have long been associated with the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, as it is colloquially known. Norway and Iceland are among the best places you can view this stunning cosmic phenomenon. Radiation and energies from the sun are expelled back into space because of Earth’s protective magnetosphere. This results in an awe-inspiring light display that no laser show or fireworks display can rival. You can also see the Northern Lights from certain parts of Canada, the Northern USA and Scotland on a clear night.

The Atacama Desert

The stars play a hugely important role in human history. For the ancients, the stars hailed the beginning and end of the seasons. And ocean traversal to the New World and beyond during the middle ages would not have been possible without them. To this day, the burning balls of hydrogen among plasma nebulae are just as wondrous. Unfortunately, light pollution and weather make viewing the stars and the Milky Way almost impossible for most. But the Atacama desert in Chile is considered the clearest location to set up your telescope and take in the cosmos.

Joshua Tree National Park

It is estimated there are roughly 1 million pieces of space junk orbiting Earth. Some are natural, and others are man-made. And sometimes, these are pulled into the atmosphere of the planet. You can see this display clearly from the Joshua Tree National Park in California. This isolated desert land is far enough away from major cities that light pollution is non-existent. Most pieces of debris don’t survive, but you can see natural meteors best during the winter months in the national park.

Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park

Of course, we have always dreamed of going to other planets. While we are a long way off the trips to Mars as in science fiction movies, there are several places you can clearly see other worlds from the comfort of Earth. Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park near Okinawa in Japan is one such place. The views around here are so clear you can see half of the constellations in the night sky. The clarity also means this is an excellent location for setting up your telescope and going planet spotting. However, this region is susceptible to unpredictable weather.

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