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Saturday, December 06, 2014

AFP: Not many tourist spots boast of being dark and difficult to get to, but the Namib desert is one of a number of remote "Dark Sky Reserves" drawing in stargazers for a celestial safari. During the day, the Namib's sea of copper red and ecru yellow dunes and mountains glow blindingly, befitting the world's oldest desert. But in the inky night sky, the Milky Way seems much closer than Windhoek, the nation's capital, 12 hours away. Namibia has just over two million people spread over an area roughly the size of Pakistan or Nigeria, making it one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. "NamibRand is located in one of the darkest accessible places that remain on Earth," said John Barentine of the Arizona-based International Dark-Sky Association.


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