beschizza at January 9th, 2014 12:22 — #1
xzzy at January 9th, 2014 12:37 — #2
And for those of us who're in America and who can't skip off to Chile whenever they want, central Utah is generally regarded as the "cleanest, darkest skies in the continental US."
You owe it to yourself to visit Natural Bridges or Canyonlands after dark, even if you aren't into photography.
mtbooks at January 9th, 2014 12:43 — #3
Wow! Spaceship Earth indeed.
jasonlanejson at January 9th, 2014 13:11 — #5
Awesome! in the truest sense.
planetemily at January 9th, 2014 13:31 — #6
ivor at January 9th, 2014 14:36 — #7
I had a camping trip to Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. Had a dark sky astronomy evening there. The stuff I saw, still in my memory, blows me away. I never thought we could possibly see so much with such dark skies. Unbelievable.
For those in the UK, I think there is somewhere in Galloway in Scotland that has been recently deemed a "dark sky" as good as many of the US spots.
Genuinely mind blowing...
jjsaul at January 9th, 2014 16:09 — #8
All I can hear is David Bowman's voice as he approaches the monolith.
jjsaul at January 9th, 2014 16:16 — #9
Google Earth has light pollution maps built in now, and they are incredible:
I could kick myself for never getting into Astronomy while I lived in Arizona, and only buying a telescope once I moved back to the miserable midwest. The humidity is as bad a skyglow element as the ground light.
jsroberts at January 9th, 2014 17:50 — #10
Many Europeans go to Tenerife on holiday, but they spend most of their time on the (frankly below average) beaches. If you go into the mountains there are some incredible views of the stars. There's actually a law governing flight paths and light pollution from the ground, so it's not just the distance from the mainland that makes it a good place to go.
rippermadness at January 10th, 2014 00:05 — #11
All I can say is WOW! I just sat back and was in awe. I would love for one night to be able to see a sky like that. Beautiful doesn't even come close to describing it. Thank you for posting it.
jardine at January 10th, 2014 01:35 — #12
The Atacama is well-known for what are arguably the cleanest, darkest skies on Earth.
Some say that's where the Top Gear guys took Viagra.
mcgreens at January 10th, 2014 09:11 — #13
Absolutely stunning. I wish I could see or photograph skies like that.
On a related note, supposedly the Aurora Borealis will be visible from the UK tonight, though I think there'll be too much light pollution where I am
wrecksdart at January 10th, 2014 14:41 — #14
For what it's worth, good night sky viewing can be had with a brief drive outside of any major metropolitan areas. Central Florida has more than enough light pollution, but 30-60 miles outside of the Orlando area that wash of light drops off enough to get some nice viewing. Besides, being outside at night in a quiet rural area is nice in and of itself.
steampunkbanana at January 10th, 2014 15:24 — #15
True. New Jersey has an observatory a little over an hour outside Manhattan. If it can be done there, it can be done anywhere.
zaphodtbs at January 14th, 2014 01:08 — #16
"Wow..." doesn't even begin to describe it, but at the moment I'm too speechless for anything more...
I honestly never knew that there was any place on Earth that you could see such a sight. I know I've seen hundreds of pictures of the Milky Way and beautiful starscapes, but I guess I unconsciously thought they were contrived. I've lived in a sizable city all my life, only seeing at best 8-10 stars on any given night. My trips to my mother and grandmother's birthplace, a small town of 3,000 or so (where they roll up the sidewalks and turn out most of the streetlights at night ) yielded a view of hundreds of stars each night, and I was in total awe, then, but still nothing close to what is contained in the above video...
beschizza at January 14th, 2014 12:23 — #17
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