Scientists Pick Best Island for Star-Gazing

Pack your bags for Sark in the English Channel
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2011 7:12 PM CST
File photo: Sights light this should be easy to get at the Channel Island of Sark, near England.   (AP Photo/, Wally Pacholka)

(Newser) – Aspiring astronomers and other stargazers may want to consider a trip to Sark, an island in the English Channel. It's been designated the world's first "dark-sky island"—a place with no light pollution, the Huffington Post reports. Sark, which measures just a few square miles, has no street lights, paved roads, or even cars. The International Dark-Sky Association, a group of astronomers, handed out the honor. They had previously declared Flagstaff, Arizona, the first "dark-sky city."

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