HONOLULU (KHON2) — Ever wondered where the best places for stargazing are? A new study has listed the best places for stargazing around the world and Hawaii has received the top spot.
The study made by Lensstore vision center collected data on five parameters for 29 different locations to determine what was best for stargazing. Each metric was given a weighted score, which we then combined to give each location a final index score out of 10.
The metrics used were light pollution, country search volume, location search volume, total search volume, and lunar eclipses in 2022.
Lensstore said one of the most magical sights on Earth is a night sky full of stars. Since the dawn of time, humans have gazed at the stars in amazement, and it remains a popular pastime even today.
Mauna Kea, on the island of Hawaii, ranks first on this list. They report that the dormant volcano is the second highest peak of any island on Earth, with a light pollution level of -0.03 and a total monthly search volume of 40 – which is the second highest figure for this metric in all locations of our analysis, after Uluru in Australia.
In second place came Mont-Mégantic, Canada, then Sedona, Arizona located in the United States and fourth Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania also located in the United States.
According to the study, if you want to observe both lunar eclipses this year, you will have a good opportunity to see them in some North American locations. They report that only one of the two lunar eclipses will be visible outside the continent during the year.
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To read the full study or for more information about Lensstore, go to their website.