What to See in Rio’s Night Sky During the Olympics
Travelers to Brazil will be entering a stargazer’s paradise and may be able to see objects visible only from the Southern Hemisphere.
As travelers descend on Rio, Brazil, to revel in the 2016 Summer Olympics, some visitors may be surprised to find a spectacle of the celestial kind in the skies above.
The Southern Hemisphere has been known for centuries as a stargazer’s paradise, as the night sky south of the Equator is endowed with more than its fair share of brilliant stars and deep-sky treasures. For northern skywatchers, that means the real stars of the Rio games may be the oodles of stunning celestial objects and constellations that normally lie hidden below their local horizons.
Light pollution will limit what can be seen from the city, but traveling for the games offers an opportunity to venture into darker locations that will present