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Grossmugl Star Walk, Austria

Grossmugl is a small town about 20 miles (35 km) north of Austria’s capital Vienna. In spite of its vicinity to this European metropolis, the night sky there is still largely intact. The Grossmugl Star Walk is a self-guided tour encouraging astronomical observations with the unaided eye. Nine displays along the trail explain general astronomical…read more »

Grossmugl is a small town about 20 miles (35 km) north of Austria’s capital Vienna. In spite of its vicinity to this European metropolis, the night sky there is still largely intact. The Grossmugl Star Walk is a self-guided tour encouraging astronomical observations with the unaided eye. Nine displays along the trail explain general astronomical topics in an easy-to-read way. On a 90-minutes walk, visitors learn how to spot star colors, artificial satellites, the Milky Way and other objects in the night sky. The 1.5-km-long tour is free of charge, open all year round, day and night, and available without booking or reservation. Although some light pollution is evident near the horizon, limiting magnitudes of 6.0 magnitude or better are frequent (in other words, you can often see the night sky to the limit of viewing with the unaided eye).

Deborah Byrd

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