Singapore is known for its nightlife like its many al fresco dining spots across town, rooftop bars atop mega skyscrapers and even beach clubs teeming with punters prepared for a nighttime of raving. While they are a perfect way to while away your night, it is certainly not for everyone, especially for those who prefer enjoying the evening on a much quieter note. While some might prefer leaning back on their couch with a comedy series screening on the telly, others might hanker for something with a little more star power. What that would entail is the observing of stars and other astronomical objects in the sky up and beyond.
At the time of writing in March 2019, there is a supermoon sighting that is about to take place on the 21st of March. A supermoon sighting is nothing catastrophic (neither would you acquire any superpowers in that timeframe), it happens when the moon’s elliptical orbit has the moon situated much closer to Earth and that is when the moon appears much larger than usual. Because of how Singapore is a city filled with tall buildings and bright lights, light pollution could happen and that would impact the ability to observe these sightings. However, if you are an astrophile about to make the move here, don’t fret! There are still many hidden spots that not many know about in which you can catch a falling star and many other astronomical phenomena.
Popularity Of Stargazing In Singapore
Stargazing is nothing new to Singapore and more and more astrophiles have surfaced because who isn’t interested in what goes on far beyond the sky above us. In Singapore, there are many astronomy communities that one can choose from like The Astronomical Society of Singapore, the Marine Parade Astronomical Society and even Singapore Sidewalk Astronomy. This has given many amateurs a chance for them to pursue their hobby and learn more from the veterans who have been in love with astronomy for decades. Even at the Singapore Science Centre, the annual visitorship to the observatory has been rising fast by almost 2,000 visitors from the figure of 6,000 three years ago.
4 Spots You Can Star Gaze From
Look no further, here we present you four spots that are perfect for stargazing and have successfully stayed under the radar of most Singaporeans and expats.
Singapore Science Centre
When it comes to astronomy, there is nothing that would beat the Observatory at the Singapore Science Centre. On days when a sighting is not scheduled to take place, you can sit in for one of the many talks and workshops that take place regularly. On the lucky days where the sky is clear and the weather is perfect, you can observe the stars from light years away with the assistance of the 40cm mega-telescope found at the Observatory. What makes Singapore unique as a stargazing location is the fact that it is situated so close to the equator and that would give you breath-taking views of the northern and southern hemispheres.
Woodlands Galaxy Community Club
While you might be misled by its categorisation as a community club, it certainly wasn’t built as such. The Woodlands Galaxy Community Club has its common facilities like event halls, a gym and even badminton courts, but unbeknownst to most, the community club is where you would find the Andromeda Observatory. Within it, a 30cm telescope offers you some of the best views into space and on days where the sky clears up, you can get an up-close look at the moon and all of her lunar craters.
This island that is a short bumboat ride away from the northeast of mainland Singapore is the perfect place to observe stars. Why we say that is because it is the last remaining kampung in Singapore and away from the bright lights of Singapore, there is much lesser light pollution in the area come nightfall and it increases your chances of observing even the furthest star constellations. A perfect day at Pulau Ubin would be to start it with fun activities like biking or hiking and even try your hand at spotting the wildlife that calls the island home like the oriental small-clawed otters, mouse-deers and the collared fig tree. Come nightfall, pull out the telescope and a nice blanket to spend your evening just watching the world go by before the backdrop of stars.
Upper Seletar Reservoir
It might be a bit of a walk to get to, but it will be well worth the effort since you are promised grand views of the sky. Why this is the perfect spot to stargaze is because of a lookout tower within the 15 hectares space that has been built in the image of a rocket ship. From there, you can set up your telescope and you will be thrilled at the sight of Antlia, Pyxis, Hydra and Lynx lighting up the sky.