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Star gazing is at its best at Australia's Ayers Rock

It's no secret that the farther you get away from civilization, the better it is for stargazing. While rural towns may seem like your best bet for a starry night, they pale in comparison to the night sky above Ayers Rock. A staple of many tours of Australia, this famous formation in the Northern Territory is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world to look at the heavens.

The large sandstone formation, which is located in Ulu?u-Kata Tju?a National Park, is perfectly suited to a night underneath the stars. The park is situated about as far from civilization as you can imagine - landing almost exactly in the center of Australia.

With the glare of city lights removed, you can see some of the best constellations in the sky above The Land Down Under. Of course, they change throughout the year, but during Australia's summer the famous formation known as Orion dominates the night sky. Other easily-recognizable constellations above Ayers Rock include Libra, Scorpio and the Southern Cross.

Even the most casual astronomers can see the appeal of viewing the stars through an unfiltered lens, so it's no surprise that Ayers Rock attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

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