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Need Spring Break Plans? Here Are 5 Great Islands For Stargazing

As we approach spring break and Coronavirus concerns drive down airfare, you might be tempted to book a tropical vacation to escape the terrifying headlines and enjoy some well-earned relaxation.

Even better, islands are great astrotourism destinations, as they typically encounter less light pollution than mainland areas. For this reason, some of the world’s best observatories are located on islands across the globe. Combined with a new moon on March 24 – prime spring break timing! – and it’s time to start browsing last-minute flights and stocking up on hand sanitizer.

Whether you’re in need of a paradise escape or the soul salve of a starry night sky, here are some of the world’s epic island stargazing destinations.

New Zealand

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