September 18, 2009

Site Picks Top Five Stargazing Locations

A California-based travel Web site has picked Yosemite National Park's Glacier Point as the No. 1 place for nighttime star gazing.

VirtualTourist.com chose the California park's viewpoint, on the south wall of Yosemite Valley, as the best spot on the list of the Five Best Places to Count the Stars at Night for a view that VirtualTourist member Paulvir described as like someone had spilled a cup of milk in the sky.

The Yesnaby area of Scotland's Orkney island was given second-place honors on the list for its clear night sky views accompanied by the calls of late-night seabirds.

Third place went to the Gobi Desert, which reaches into China and Mongolia, for what Web site member hayward68 described as vast open sky with not a lot of light pollution.

New Zealand's Lake Tekapo, which is being declared a World Heritage Starlight Reserve Site to prevent the view from being spoiled, was fourth on the list and Lake Myvatn in Iceland finished the top five for its star views accented by the famous northern lights.