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Old May 1st, 2014, 10:57 PM
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I was wondering is it possible to see the nighttime sky on a ship or is it generally too lit up?
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Old May 2nd, 2014, 07:45 AM
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Usually too lit up. We were on a ship with a lecturer on the heavens and several nights she got the staff to turn out all ship lights while she pointed out various heavenly bodies ( In the sky that is).
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Too many lights on the ship to see much. We were on Oceania a couple years ago and got them to turn the lights off one night so we could see the stars, but that is easier to do on a smaller ship.
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Well, you can see the night sky pretty well, but the stars are a different story.
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Old May 2nd, 2014, 08:57 AM
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Well, you can see the night sky pretty well, but the stars are a different story.
LOL. Thanks.. That's what I was afraid of.... Oh well.. :-D
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Old May 2nd, 2014, 09:12 AM
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I was wondering is it possible to see the nighttime sky on a ship or is it generally too lit up?
I suppose it depends on the size of the ship, the state of the cloud cover, and the brightness of the stars........I could see many common constellations on my last cruise, but certainly not the way you would if you were camping in the middle of nowhere. Some stars are brighter than others and I could still see many in the sky.
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We turned the cabin lights off and enjoyed the huge southern stars seen out of our cabin window.
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Default No Problem From Aft Balcony

If you really want to see the night sky, try for an aft balcony cabin. We had no problems viewing the stars and full moon reflecting on the ship's wake from our aft balcony on the Radiance of the Seas. Truly a spectacular sight! It probably depends on where public places are on individual ships, but there should be somewhere that's not brightly lit. Smaller, less "party atmosphere" ships might have fewer outdoor lights late at night. If you can manage to get up very early (or stay up very late!), you might also try just before dawn - there tend to be fewer outside lights then on most ships we've been on.
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I am an astronomer on Cunard Lines and we have "stargazing nights" on deck 13 of the QM2. The Captain will slow the ship and turn out the lights to allow us to use the telescope. You can get a pretty good view at sea!
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We book balcony/verandah cabins and on clear nights we can really see the stars.
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Your best bet is to get as far forward as possible; preferably above the bridge.

There will be fewer lights there, making it easier to see stars. Depending on the ship you may need to use your hand, or something to block the light from the forward white navigation light.

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Your best bet is to get as far forward as possible; preferably above the bridge.

There will be fewer lights there, making it easier to see stars. Depending on the ship you may need to use your hand, or something to block the light from the forward white navigation light.

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Anywhere forward of the bridge will be the least lit part of the ship - and on a clear night you will see many more stars than are visible anywhere on land - other than in genuinely remote areas.
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Thanks everyone! We actually are booked in an Aft balcony so maybe there's hope.. maybe someday we'll book on a cruise that does a specific star gazing night. Something to look for in the future!
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