Starry-eyed in Chile’s Atacama Desert
Lonely Planet – September 30th, 2014
“If you are fascinated by the thought of faraway galaxies, make sure you visit the driest desert in the world – Chile’s Atacama Desert. A rare set of factors in this arid lunar landscape – very little rainfall, crystal-clear skies, high altitudes of 2410 to 4270m and low-to-zero light pollution – have created an unparalleled stargazing haven.
The town of San Pedro itself showcases several options for observing galaxies glittering thousands of light years away. Explore the wild black yonder at desert outpost Hotel de Larache by explora, where an all-inclusive stay includes a series of night time sky-watch sessions through their first-class Meade 16in telescope. Guests gather beneath an observation dome and gawk at supernova remnants, faraway planets, globular clusters and misty nebulae. And you can even photograph the stars – digital cameras can be mounted onto the telescope for spectacular astro-photography.”