First Dark Sky Reserve in India to come up in Ladakh

Hanle is already home to optical, gamma ray and infrared telescopes at the Indian Astronomical Observatory complex operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bengaluru.

First Dark Sky Reserve in India to come up in Ladakh
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A portion of the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary in Hanle, Ladakh is going to become India’s first dark sky reserve as the cold desert holds a great potential for undertaking uninterrupted astronomical observations.

For most of the months in a year, the weather remains dry and becomes cloudless during nights offering dark skies which make it a perfect natural setup for sky gazing.