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Starry, Starry Nights


Earlier this month, Jitendra Singh gave India’s stargazers reason to rejoice. The science and technology minister announced that India will be getting its first Dark Sky Reserve at Hanle in Ladakh. Located in the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary, the new optical, infra-red, and gamma-ray telescopes that will soon be added here will be in league with the world’s highest. Chosen for its clear starry nights and spotless nocturnal environmen­t, Hanle is ideally suited for watching stars—its desert surroundin­gs keep it free of human disturbanc­e and pollution. Locals hope new visitors will not disturb their peace.

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