May 19, 2009

Star Gazing: The Darkest Skies in North America

To really observe the stars the sky must be dark. Above the Davis Mountains of West Texas, you will find the darkest skies in North America. Which is why for the last 32 years, the annual Texas Star Party has gathered here to look up and gaze in wonder at the beauty of the cosmos.

Check the video below for some INCREDIBLE time-lapse footage of the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Absolutely phenomenal.

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The 3500-acre, mile-high, Prude Ranch

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You thought you could just look up? You n00b.

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Photograph by Richard Bell at the 2001 Texas Star Party

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