Great Rann of Kutch

The Great Rann of Kutch—not to be confused with the Little Rann of Kutch—is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert, along the Kutch District of Gujarat in India and the Sindh province of Pakistan. Covering around 2,900 square miles (7,500 square km) the Rann is considered one of the largest salt deserts in the world. The area includes sandy islets of thorny scrub, forming a wildlife sanctuary. Featuring dark, pristine skies averaging class 2 in the Bortle scale, the Rann has for years been the site of choice for the Kutch Astronomy Club (i.e., Stargazing India). A friend of EarthSky shared the following: “This is one of the dark sites where you can see a 360-degree horizon, with the least light pollution. No hills, no buildings, no lights.”

June 2, 2017

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