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Find the best spot to watch the stars

Find the best spot to watch the stars
photo courtesy of dark site finder

In mid-November, right around the corner from Komando headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, the International Dark-Sky Association conference featured scientists from all over the world discussing the problem of light pollution.

Light pollution might not be a problem you think about often, but it turns out, it can have some negative effects on certain species of plants and animals. On top of that, have you ever been lucky enough to look up at the night sky without much light pollution? It's an experience that's becoming rarer by the day.

That's why we here at Komando.com want to show you today's out-of-this-world site made exclusively for people who want to escape the big-city lights to take in the night sky's wonder, or really want to watch the next meteor shower  - without the light pollution.

Once you open the site, a map will appear with what looks like a weather radar layer. This layer is actually the light pollution map, which shows the amount of city light that certain locations give off. Red areas indicate a lot of light pollution, while darker colors indicate darker spots where stargazing would be ideal.

With DarkSiteFinder, you can zoom out of the location that first pops up with the zoom tool to your left. This works the same as your Maps app; click the plus sign to zoom in on the map and the minus sign to zoom out. Then, you can drag the map to show your state and zoom in to find the closest star-gazing spot.

Click on the blue link below to find amazing stargazing spots in your area!
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