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These incredible Airbnbs are perfect for watching the lunar eclipse

More and more travellers are seeking out spots where they can get the best glimpse of the stars, and with the longest lunar eclipse of the century happening this month, it may be time to start seeking out the best accommodation for staring at the sky.

There are plenty of Airbnbs for people who love stargazing. Image by Airbnb

More travellers are planning trips linked to astronomical events, according to Airbnb. During last year’s “Great American Eclipse”, the home rental platform says more than 50,000 guests from 26 countries travelled to join the crowds witnessing the incredible event. Overall, more travellers are heading to destinations known for stargazing and more than 3000 homes on the platform offer telescopes.

There are certain destinations that have seen a boom in travellers close to stargazing areas certified by Fundación Starlight, or regions with dark skies identified by Fundación Starlight. Those include Antofagasta, a Chilean city next to the Atacama desert, which is famously one of the best places in the world to see the stars. It has seen a 327% growth in visitors year-on-year.  Other trending stargazing destinations include La Palma in the Canary Islands, which is home to the Gran Telescopio Canarias (90%), and Yarmouth, Canada (221%), which is near to the Acadian Skies and Mi’kmaq Lands Region.

Airbnb also rounded up some of the most interesting homes for stargazing here:

Geodesic dome near World Biosphere Reserve. Image by Airbnb

Geodesic Dome near World Biosphere Reserve

This dome in Valparaíso, Chile offers up views of the night sky.

A dome in the desert in Joshua Tree. Image by Airbnb

Dome in the Desert in Joshua Tree

Get away from it all in Joshua Tree, California, which has recently been recognized for its dark skies.

An off-the-grid home that is 40 feet up off the ground. Image by Airbnb

Off the Grid and 40 Feet Up!

This home is modelled after the Lookout Towers built by the US Forest Service in the early 1900s – but it comes with modern amenities and stargazing opportunities.

A desert retreat for stargazers. Image by Airbnb

Stargazing Desert Retreat

This home in San Bernardino’s High Desert, California is a great spot to enjoy clear skies.