Stargazing in Sabah

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By Murphy Ng

Decades ago, diamond dust shined the sky of Sabah every night. Sadly, due to increasing light and air pollution, one-third of world population such as Singapore and South Korea cannot see the Milky Way, which looks like a band of silver river across the sky. Now the only time I can see many stars in the city is after I stand up from a long squat.

Best Locations for Stargazing

Do not be despaired. In Sabah, when you are in the countryside, you can see a sky full of bright stars. Your best bet is at the beach or field. The following locations are some of the best stargazing spots in Sabah.

  • Tegudon Tourism Village in Kota Belud
  • Tip of Borneo, Kudat
  • Sugud in Penampang (only 45 min from Kota Kinabalu)
  • Mt. Kinabalu

Best Time

The best time for stargazing is during a clear moonless night. Obviously cloudy or rainy day is not a good day. If you want to make wishes, do not miss the Orion, Leonid and Gemini meteor showers in October, November and December respectively. 

Tips

  • Do not go to remote area alone or you will be abducted by aliens.
  • You will need torchlight and insect repellent.
  • For update on stargazing activities, please follow the Facebook page of Sabah Stargazers group @SabahStargazer