Welcome

I created this website for those who are interested in finding a dark place to observe the night sky or do astrophotography. Almost every astronomical object or phenomena is best observed away from the light pollution of the city. With the naked eye alone from a dark site you'll see more stars, meteors, zodiacal light, airglow, satellites, the milky way, nebulas, and occasionally auroras and comets. If you have a telescope or even binoculars you'll see more detail than you could ever see from a city.

 

Light Pollution Maps

On this page you'll find light pollution maps that show where you can go to find the darkest skies in your area. The light pollution data is overlayed on a searchable and full screen Google Map. You can find maps here for almost any place in the world.

Observing Sites

NOTE: This section is under construction - Here you will find a list of observing sites across the United States. Sometimes it's best to know where you are going before making a long drive to darker skies. These are sites that other people have used to observe or photograph the night sky. Each site, will have directions, information on camping, NELM, fees, and more. If you are aware of a good observing site, please add it to the list.


Widgets

The widgets below provide current stargazing information at a glance. On the left is a map that shows the stargazing weather forecast for the coming week, courtesy of Accuweather. In the middle is a calendar that shows the upcoming astronomical events through the end of 2013. Click each event for more information. On the right you'll see the current moon phase, as well a simulated map of the visible aurora. Click the image for more info, and for a southern hemisphere view.

CURRENT MOON
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