Light pollution is restricting most people from ever seeing the Milky Way from the Earth.

Is there any place in India where I can see the Milky Way?

Is there a database or site with the list of all places where I can see it?

Also, how can we calculate that?

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    $\begingroup$ Search for the constellations of Sagittarius and Scorpius and when they rise over the horizon (on the norther hemisphere in summer, how high depends on your latitude). The galactic centre is very bright when observed from an Atlantic island, but you won't see it from outside of a heavy populated area. As a refernce, it is shown here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scorpius#/media/File:ScorpiusCC.jpg $\endgroup$
    – a_donda
    Apr 15, 2020 at 10:50
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    $\begingroup$ Here is a global light pollution map: darksitefinder.com/maps/world.html#4/23.60/54.27 Not sure how good the data for India we have, but I've had decent success in the US. $\endgroup$
    – Prithvi Thakur
    Apr 15, 2020 at 13:08
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    $\begingroup$ india.mongabay.com/2019/01/… $\endgroup$
    – Spencer
    Apr 15, 2020 at 21:49

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Wherever you have a dark place, you can see the Milky Way. Anywhere in the countryside, far from large cities might work. And it doesn't need to be a very far away - a few km may do the work, specially if there are some hills in between.


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