Namib Naukluft National Park
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Stargazing in the World's Darkest Sky
Namibia protects more of its land than any other country - but did you know it also protects its sky? In 2012, Namibia's NamibRand Nature Reserve became the only second location in the world to be certified as a Gold Tier International Dark Sky Reserve, which means STARS - lots of them. And planets, and asteroids, and nebula, and red dwarfs... in quantities that most modern city dwellers could never even imagine. Several lodges around the park offer stargazing activities with enormous, high-powered telescopes, and astronomers on hand to explain exactly what you are seeing. Avoid looking at a full moon - its brighness rivals the sun, and you'll be blinded for several minutes! If you don't fancy staying up to see the sky, you can enjoy a more intimate celestial safari in one of the lodges that has skylights built in above the beds. Some stars are so distant that you really are looking thousands of years into the past. But with Namibia's commitment to conservation, these dark skies may also provide us with an enticing glimpse of the future.
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