Best spots for night sky view­ing

Lebanon Traveler - - TOURING LEBANON -

Ac­cord­ing to Ha­j­jar, the most densely pop­u­lated coastal area of Le­banon has a lot of light pol­lu­tion, though the coun­try’s high al­ti­tude plateaus help to mit­i­gate the ef­fect of the cities. “Le­banon is blessed with quite a large ex­panse of moun­tains above 1,800 or 2,000m. Satel­lite based maps of light pol­lu­tion show the dark­est ar­eas of Le­banon are the north­ern parts of the Anti-le­banon Moun­tain range.” He rec­om­mends lo­ca­tions such as Ouy­oun El Simane, Laqlouq and Ouy­oun Orghosh for the best con­di­tions, the higher the bet­ter. “Once you move out of vil­lages, sky con­di­tions are very nice. I of­ten take groups to ar­eas very close to Jezzine.” For Faissal, light pol­lu­tion in Le­banon’s oth­er­wise nat­u­ral places pose the big­gest prob­lems, though a dark sky can still be found in ar­eas such as Tan­nourine, Eh­mej and Kfarde­bian.

Roger Ha­j­jar

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