Five Incredible Stargazing Destinations Across The United States

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The first planet to be discovered with a telescope was Uranus, found by Sir William Herschel in … [+] 1781. getty

While the national parks across the United States are rife with opportunity for hiking, camping, and exploring the great outdoors, one particular activity can only be partaken in after the sun has dipped below the horizon: namely, stargazing. Free from the nuisance of light pollution, these prestigious parks allow visitors to fully immerse themselves in the gentle glow of the night sky, studying the stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies scattered throughout the universe.

Badlands National Park The Badlands were once covered by a sea millions of years ago, leaving a large amount of marine … [+] animal fossils buried throughout the park. getty

A particularly inhospitable region within the Great Plains, the indigenous Lakota first referred to the area as “mako sica”—or “land bad”—due to its scorching temperatures and jagged rock spires stretching as far as the eye can see. In modern times, the park has done a full 180 in terms of reputation, earning nationwide acclaim for its breathtaking scenic views and wide array of animal inhabitants, ranging from tiny prairie dogs to American bison. Located roughly fifty miles east of South Dakota’s largest city, the Badlands receive almost no light pollution from human civilization, creating ample opportunity for capturing incredible photos of the Milky Way.

 Everglades National Park Everglades National Park is home to the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere. getty

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