Niue (NU)

Niue (NU) Image

Photo: Mark Russell

Designated

2020

Category

International Dark Sky Community

Address

Alofi
Niue

Contact

Mr. Richard Sommerville-Ryan
Website

Land Area

23.5 km2

Documents

Application
Announcement
Annual Reports

About

The world’s smallest selfgoverning microstate by population, Niue, sits alone in the Pacific Ocean, with the nearest land being the Vava’u Group of Tonga 436 km away. Affectionately known as “The Rock”, a reflection of its isolation and challenging environment, Niue has no standing or running freshwater and little soil; as the raised coral of the island on top of an ancient volcano does not hold water at all or soil very well.

Niue’s coastline is of rugged, steep limestone cliffs with a narrow coral reef broken only in one place near the capital, Alofi. The steep sides of the submerged volcano mean the seabed drops quickly, making anchoring of boats impossible. Humpback whales arrive to give birth, nurse their young and mate within meters of the shore and the crystalclear waters have a visibility of up to 100 meters. Polynesian navigation skills and knowledge of the night sky made arriving and settling in Niue possible and its isolation and geography shaped the culture and helped form an independent and proud nation.

Weather

Click here to find ideal environmental conditions for viewing the night sky in Niue (-19.0677, -169.8531). Don’t forget to plan your trip during the new moon and astronomical twilight to enhance the viewing experience!

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