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A Guide to Stargazing on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Searching for a A Guide to Stargazing on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania? Mountains are usually very high up in the sky and they present a very good opportunity to view anything we would like. Those that are passionate about stars will have a great chance to view them at this altitude.

Kilimanjaro is the heist free standing mountain in the world and the tallest in Africa. The best time to stargaze on the Kilimanjaro is when the new moon is out.

The time comes at different dates so look out for the dates every year. There are many starts that you can see from the base of the mountain but usually you will get a closer look at the Kilimanjaro altitude.

 Tips on how to stargaze on the Kilimanjaro Mountain

  1. Find an open space higher up the mountain

Locate areas on the mountain with no light pollution and are free and clear. These are usually after the forested vegetation zone of the Kilimanjaro.

Such areas will give you a chance to see as many stars as possible.

The higher you are in the mountain, the better you will have a change to see the stars clearly.

  1. Find a constellation

It’s best that you read enough about finding a constellation or ask someone to help. Once you find the first constellation, it will be easy to find more stars. The telescope will easily help you find.

Take as much time as possible therefore its best you sit in a very comfortable place or chair such that you can easily look up and reduce on your neck hurting.

  1. Use a binocular or telescope

You will not easily see the stars with bare eyes since you have gone to a higher altitude.

Therefore it’s best that you use binoculars or a telescope such that you can easily identify constellations.

With a scope you will be able to see planets and galaxies.

  1. Be patient

Like mentioned earlier, take your time and be patient. Stargazing usually a passion and you will need to take you time. Sick back or lie down to make sure you are at an angle where your neck will not hurt.

When is the best time to go stargazing on Kilimanjaro?

You should plan your hiking trip to the Kilimanjaro around the time of the new moon. This is the time when the light is dim and the conditions are usually good to stargaze.

What is the best weather to stargaze?

It’s best that you have a cold night with low humidity and low air and light pollution.


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