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Night Light: The Best Spots For Star-Gazing

IN THE CITY

Contrary to popular opinion, urbanites can indeed stargaze. In SF, your best bet is to head west, where the sky is darkest. Inside of Golden Gate Park, Stow Lake is curtained by tall trees that block out most city lights. The shadows cast by surrounding trees in grassy Speedway Meadow do the same. At the coast, Lands End offers a full view of the western sky, right down to the dark, watery horizon, where, if you arrive just after sunset, you’ll see Orion the hunter.

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