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Night Sky

The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)


The treasures hidden in the heavens are so rich that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)

The desert skies of Death Valley and Amargosa Valley are among the least light-polluted in the United States, and one of our greatest treasures.

Those who let their eyes wander upward at night, away from all man-made lights, behold a completely amazing and infinitely star-studded night sky!

Folks who visit from nearby Las Vegas have exclaimed, “You mean I only had to drive 80 miles to see my boyhood sky?” More than 40% of Americans have never gazed at the dark night sky. They’ve never marveled at a sky richly textured in stars, or seen the sweep of the Milky Way, or watched a meteor shower streaking across the sky above. It is wonderful to see Hubble telescope pictures or recorded science shows, but to watch the stars twinkling and changing throughout the night in person is truly inspiring.

 

Available Night Sky Programs

Full moon nights in the desert are spectacular, but during the New Moon phase when the moon is dark, many more stars, galaxies and nebulas can be observed. We can deepen our experience of moonless nights with a good pair of binoculars and especially with telescopes. Check our Events page for:

  • Evenings in October and January with the Las Vegas Astronomical Society and a variety of telescopes at the Death Valley Park airport. For more information, contact Phyllis Nefsky at 760 786 3353 or pnefsky@xanterra.com.
  • Night Sky stargazing and astronomer-hosted tours of the cosmos by telescope are available at Cynthia’s Desert Safaris & Lodging throughout the year dependent upon atmospheric conditions, weather, and moon phases. Cynthia’s additionally offers astrophotography instruction. Learn to take high quality photos of nebula, open and globular clusters, lunar landscapes, Milky Way starscapes and other celestial objects with your own camera utilizing the onsite telescopic lens. Afterwards, process your photos in a post-production workshop and take home breathtaking one-of-a-kind mementos of your guided tour of the galaxy.
    Please visit http://www.discovercynthias.com/cynthias-desert-safaris for tentative dates and scheduling information.

Both are an exciting way to learn more and have fun. Since we are always moving and the universe is too, there are always fresh perspectives to explore, always something new to observe and learn.

What to Bring?

Bring a flashlight (with a red lens if you have it),drinking water and snacks, appropriate clothing and a blanket or chair. Be careful when parking or walking to prevent your headlights and flashlights from blinding your fellow astronomers.

 

About the International Dark Sky Movement

The issue of light pollution is becoming better understood all the time. As we improve how we use artificial light, we reduce our energy use, and improve our safety. That’s right, too much light actually hinders safety, by assaulting the rods and cones in your eyes, as you move between a dark space and an over lit spac). There’s a lot we can do even in cities, to reduce light pollution. The International Dark Sky Association has a wonderful website with a lot more in depth information. Go to http://www.darksky.org/ to find out what you can do in your own neighborhood and why.