The Poloniny Dark-Sky Park (i.e., Park tmavej oblohy Poloniny), a part of Poloniny National Park, lies in eastern Slovakia, near the border with Poland and Ukraine. The area surrounding the dark-sky park lies in the the Bukovské vrchy mountain range, which belongs to the Eastern Carpathians. The dark-sky park is accessible all year round and around-the clock, with camping allowed in designated areas. Poloniny Dark-Sky Park has gained recognition for its pristine skies which average a class 2 in the Bortle scale, a fact confirmed to EarthSky by a stargazer who shared the following: “This is the one of the darkest places of Central Europe with a minimum of light pollution.”
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