Stargazing on the OBX
The Outer Banks is one of the best places for stargazing on the entire east coast. The narrow strip of land offers a unique opportunity to view the natural night sky. With the naked eye, the Milky Way and thousands of stars and even some planets can be seen on any given clear night.
It’s not uncommon to observe a shooting star, or meteor, from the Outer Banks as well. Seeing a shooting star requires patience, as you may have to spend some time staring up at the sky at the appropriate place and moment.
If clear skies are in the forecast during a meteor shower, stargazers on the Outer Banks are in for a treat. Most annual meteor shower peak dates for the Outer Banks are during the Fall, Winter, and Spring. However, the Perseids, which peaks in mid-August over the OBX, are one of the brighter meteor showers of the year.