When it comes to alfresco dining and drinking, Singapore’s loaded with a myriad of rooftop bars, outdoor restaurants and beach clubs. No doubt, these spots are great for unwinding under the stars, but when it comes to catching astronomical wonders like the Perseids meteor shower on the night of August 12, you’re better off elsewhere. The Perseids meteor shower is one of the brightest ones. It usually happens between July 17 to August 24 every year, and this time, it peaks on August 12. Here are some of the best spots in the city to catch it or simply, stargaze.
For all things astronomy, look no further than the Observatory. Besides sitting in for talks and workshops, you can look past the artificial illumination of the city and to the stars light years away with its 40cm mega-telescope. Because this observatory is one of the few in the world located so close to the equator, it offers stargazers views of both the northern and southern hemispheres.
Aptly named Woodlands Galaxy Community Club, this space in the North isn't your typical neighbourhood centre. Besides your usual facilities like badminton courts, events spaces and a gym, it is also home to the Andromeda Observatory which features a 30cm telescope that gives astrophiles the best view into space. With clear skies, you can catch a detailed look of the moon, a glimpse of stars, and if you're lucky, other planets too.
One of the largest parks in Singapore, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park comprises two sections, separated by Marymount Road. Intersecting the length of the park is the starting portion of the Kallang River, which flows down from Lower Pierce Reservoir. The park's many eateries include Grub, Canopy Garden Dining and McDonald's. The park also has a spa – Aramsa Garden Spa. Other amenities include a dog run, a playground and water park. Occasionally, there will be star-gazing sessions held by Singapore Sidewalk Astronomy, at the area near McDonald's.
The beach, one of the oldest in Singapore, is located so far away from the city centre and that’s a good thing, especially for catching a meteor shower or stargazing. Unlike East Coast Park, Changi Beach Park has a distinct kampong vibe. You’ll feel it the moment you sink your toes into the white sand. In fact, we daresay that this park is your best bet if you want to escape the weekend throngs.
East Coast Park stretches along the east coast of Singapore from Changi Airport (great for plane watching the A380), past the numerous restaurants at East Coast Seafood Centre to Fort Road. There are dedicated cycle and walking paths, bicycle and rollerblade hire stalls, a skate park, and barbecue and camping areas if you need to pass time while waiting for the night sky to light up with bright stars or, if you're lucky, a meteor shower.
Situated in the northern part of Singapore, this reservoir park is the perfect place for an evening walk or jog through nature. A highlight of this 15 hectares space is its rocket ship lookout tower which is ace for some stargazing. Burn some calories with a quick cardio workout by climbing up the tower's winding stairs and be awarded with an aerial view of the park's water body, surrounding greenery and the starry sky come night time.
This family-friendly park sits on 50 hectares of land that includes a camping site, barbecue pits, a dog run and a huge playground with eight sets of play areas. Bring your very own telescope and set up camp at its lush green space. There's also a McDonald's if you're feeling peckish while stargazing.
Conveniently atop a hill, Fort Canning Park is a pretty sweet spot for catching glimpses of space action. With plenty of green spaces around, roll out the at for lie under the stars or set up your telescope for a close-up view of the moon.
The Gardens are a tranquil respite from the city buzz. It's considered to be the least light-polluted places in Singapore. Surround yourself with nature as you soak up the starry view while relaxing at the open fields by the Eco Lake, Symphony Lake, Swan Lake and the Bandstand.
Part of the Southern Ridges, the park contains the only rocky sea-cliff in Singapore, and offers a panoramic view of the sea and cliffside vegetation. It's also tucked away from the city buzz, giving you the sweet, sweet tranquility you need to accompany your space lookout. If you hear songs of a variety of bird species, including the Oriental Magpie-robin and Black-naped Oriole, don't be alarmed – they call Labrador Nature Reserve home.