TONOPAH IS SURROUNDED BY SOME OF THE
DARKEST SKIES IN THE WORLD!
Observatories that were once in remote, dark areas now campaign to reduce
development. Light from growing communities makes observatory work
difficult. Obviously, most people live where there are many lights. If
they want to see stars, they have to come to a place like Tonopah.
People around the world are searching for dark skies. The International
Dark-Sky Association (IDA) organizes groups around the world to stop
light pollution of the sky. Find out more about this effort at their web
Observers travel to premier sky-viewing areas whenever viewing conditions
are good and especially when unusual sky events occur. Sky parties
are one way people can enjoy dark skies. Many families like to just get
out of the city and take the family to see the Milky Way. It is very
bright from Tonopah on clear moonless nights. How many stars can
you see with the
unaided eye? This depends on the experience of the observer, how dilated
the eyes are, the amount of sky light from electric lights and the moon,
and the clarity of the sky.