Lenstore reveals the best stargazing hotspots across Europe where you can get the best view of the night sky.
The world is full of natural wonders, but one of the most magical sights on earth is a night sky full of dazzling stars. But where can you find the best view of all?
Lenstore has analyzed 29 locations across the globe to determine the greatest stargazing spots, based on the visibility of stars due to low light pollution, their popularity according to monthly search volume data, as well as the number of lunar eclipses in 2022.
Top 10 Locations in Europe for Stargazing
France, Spain, Ireland and Germany dominate the ranking for stellar stargazing spots in Europe:
Pic du Midi, France takes the crown as Europe’s best stargazing hotspot
Taking the top spot is Pic du Midi, a picturesque mountain in France. The summit, which sits at 2,877 metres, has a light pollution level of 0.12 and a search volume of 30 proving it’s a well-renowned spot for stargazing in Europe.
Following are Tenerife and La Palma, part of Spain’s Canary Islands. Both locations have a low light pollution level of just -0.01, allowing stargazers to observe the night sky with low levels of obscurement from artificial lighting.
Hautes-Pyrénées is Europe’s most Instagrammable stargazing hotspot
Looking at the most Instagram-worthy spots for stargazing globally, Hautes-Pyrénées in France is the most Instagrammable with an impressive 217,414 posts.
Hautes-Pyrénées is followed by Pic du Midi with 61,009 posts whilst The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland ranks in third place with 52,379 stargazing lovers sharing snaps of its beauty on their feed.
Lunar eclipse date for the stargazing diary: 15th-16th May
Two lunar eclipses are set to take place in 2022, both of which will be visible from the following stargazing spots in Europe:
Whether you’re planning a road trip this summer or are lucky enough to live near one of these locations, stargazing is one of the ultimate ways to enjoy the natural beauty of this world.
Sujata Paul, Professional Services Clinical Lead at Lenstore and Contact Lens Optician FBDO/CL comments: “Observing a clear night sky for any astronomical activity & enjoying the beauty of the stars cannot harm you as an eclipse can. However, staring up at the night sky for too long in one sitting can cause eye strain similar to that of computer use & other close work. The symptoms of which can include eye soreness, headaches, and blurred vision.
If you’re planning a trip to one of our stargazing spots, you can avoid eye strain by taking regular breaks using the ‘20-20-20’ rule: every 20 minutes, shift your focus to another object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Use eye drops to refresh your eyes if you feel them becoming dry or tired.”
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