It’s World Astronomy Day! Get your heads out of your smartphones and plan a trip to one of these festivals to bask under the wonders of the night sky.
While everyone loves attending a festival for the great lineup or the art installations, people often overlook the location. While it might be fun to attend a large scale event held in the city, there are some festivals that take you away from civilization and into the lap of nature. Here are 5 festivals where you simply must kick back to behold the splendour of the star studded sky.
1. Burning Man, USA
The state of Nevada, USA hosts several deserts, the most popular popular probably being the Mojave Desert, home to the city of Las Vegas. Quite unlike the life of excess and glamour is the Black Rock Desert, home to a very different celebration i.e. Burning Man. Away from the usual light pollution of the bustling cities allows Burners to observe our stunning galaxy.
2. Northern Lights, Iceland
Though not tagged a festival by itself, Northern lights is a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve celebration. Owing to Iceland’s geographic location, party goers have access to one of the cleanest views to the starry night sky. Adding to the beauty is the stunning fireworks show at the strike of midnight. If lucky, you can also catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis in all its glory.
3. Jasper Dark Sky Festival, Canada
Jasper’s Dark Sky invites astronomers at every level to gaze upon the wonder of one of the world’s largest dark sky preserves. As daylight hours begin to recede, October is the ideal time to celebrate the skies with the annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival, a festival aimed at connecting all ages to our universe and beyond.
4. AfrikaBurn, South Africa
Much like its sibling festival, AfrikBurn takes place away from the city. This provides attendees a rare opportunity at stargazing. Photographers also get the chance to capture long exposure shots of the arms of the Milky Way.
5. Joshua Tree Music Festival, USA
The Joshua Tree Music Festivals are produced by a family of friends and funsters convinced that music is the soul of life, and that art enriches and saves lives. That experience is enhanced when embraced in the great outdoors amongst fellow music lovers.