How Dark Is It?


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 site www.darksky.org.

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.