Cape Town - South Africa is home to some serious big-sky country that make it easy to enjoy exceptional star-gazing adventures.
As city dwellers, the effects of artificial light on our view of the night sky only really becomes apparent when we get out in nature - but where to go for the clearest view?
Avid star-gazers can consult this light pollution map to find the ideal, artificial light-free spots.
Click here to see a more detailed view of the light pollution map made up of light pollution data overlays. (Data courtesy of Earth Observation Group, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center).
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