Maybe, Niue, the world's best country for stargazers.
the Island in the Pacific ocean, which is an autonomous republic under New Zealand, has been recognized by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), which works to stop the light pollution and allow people to be able to see the starry sky clearly. It writes the IDA in a press release.
the IDA has previously recognised the many areas on the ground as the dark sky destinations, but it is the first time that a whole country should be recognised.
In Denmark are the islands of Møn and Nyord the only places recognised by the IDA. To be considered, tackling light pollution will be minimal, while local to work in order to minimize light pollution.
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Niue is a small island with only 1600 inhabitants, so tackling light pollution was not big in advance. Nevertheless, the authorities have made several efforts to reduce the tackling light pollution. They have among other things, replaced all street lights with energy efficient light bulbs that do not emit so strong a light.
- the Stars and the night sky has a great importance for life here on Niue. Both from a cultural, health and environmental perspective. We have been a dark cloud nation, means that the night sky is protected for future generations and visitors in the country, says Felicity Bollen, director of Niue Tourism, in a press release.
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Niue is one of the least visited countries in the world.
If you would like to travel to Niue, then you have to also arm themselves with patience. That leaves only a plane twice a week from Auckland in New Zealand.
Tourists, who take the long trip, will have the opportunity to hire local guides who can tell you about the starry sky.
Assemblyman sky has been observed and appreciated through the centuries. The nation's dark sky status adds weight to the importance of our traditional knowledge and creates for that reason, we tell and share this knowledge before it is lost, says Misa Kalutea which is the so-called kulturbeskytter in Niue.