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Explore Space for Yourself on These Perfect Stargazing Hikes

Feel like you’re seeing more pictures of space than usual lately? There’s a good reason for that. After spending decades designing and developing it, NASA shared the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, the new and improved successor to the Hubble, this week. The ultra-sharp images of galaxy-speckled skies and cloudlike nebulae are entrancing, a look literally millions of years into the past. No wonder everyone you know has made them their phone wallpaper.

But you don’t need to spend billions of dollars or hitch a ride into orbit to see space yourself—all you need is a dark sky. And there’s no better way to find one than-surprise!-taking a long walk away from civilization. In honor of astronomy’s new frontier, we’ve gathered up 13 of our favorite night sky hikes, ranging from a beginner-friendly trip through the Badlands to a 70-mile journey that will take you deep into Idaho’s Sawtooths. Read more…

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