Stargazing in the Silver State

In search of a heavenly reset? With some of the darkest—and therefore brightest skies—in the country, we can’t blame ya. Share our stellar solitude at Great Basin National Park, whose rallying cry is “Half the Park is After Dark,” or Death Valley National Park—both of which proudly qualify as International Dark Sky Parks—touting Dark Sky Rangers and Astronomy Festivals that speak to everyone from casual stargazers and amateur astronomers to professional scientists alike.

Your typical night stargazing in Nevada? Anything but. On moonless nights, all you’ve gotta do is look up, and you’ll be rewarded with millions of stars, constellations, planets, nebulas, and galaxies, visible to the naked eye. Even in Nevada’s metro areas like Las Vegas or Reno, you’ll find a surprising amount of stars overhead—even places just 30 minutes outside these population centers serve up a starry show. However, the deeper you delve into rural Nevada, you’ll find the best places to stargaze in the Silver State.

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Some of the Darkest Skies in the World

Nevada’s night skies delight in every season. But if you’re craving something truly spectacular, treat yourself to some Milky Way. During the months of May through September each year, the Milky Way’s galactic center is on full display, with swirling kaleidoscopic greens, oranges, yellows, and blues visible from all corners of Nevada. Travel Nevada PRO TIP: Want to really get into your elements? Few things are better than admiring the heart of your own galaxy while soaking in one of Nevada’s natural, wild hot springs, either. There is simply no comparison in this galaxy or the next.

Many visitors look to our skies and think they see, well, other types of visitors—especially another storied Nevada dark sky found along the Extraterrestrial Highway. Keep your eyes peeled for UFOs, satellites, and shooting stars, then cruise a little further west to find another holy grail stargazing favorite at the Tonopah Stargazing Park—ranked as the best place to stargaze by USA Today. No matter where you choose to kick back, stretch out, and look up, our skies are always here—and always open.

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Amazing moonrise before the fireworks this year! Did you guys see it?
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Life on Mars; The Milky Way over Gerlach.⁠
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Things often do not go to plan. Sometimes you head out for a leisurely tour of the desert, and instead your truck breaks, your dog tries to drown himself, and you find yourself completely and utterly exhausted every night at 3:30 AM after yet another ten hours of driving on roads that are much rougher than the last time you were there. And then you set up your camera for about five minutes, take a photo, and then eek out a few more hours of sleep before the sun comes all the way up and it's time to pack up and go home.⁠
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Overall I'd say it was pretty worth it, dog troubles not withstanding. The wabi-sabi of the planet is a beautiful thing to take part in, even though it means accepting that you too will crumble into dust with so much left unseen. ⁠
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After aggregating years of my life here, I'm not sure how many more times I will make it out to this desert. I'd wager that I might not see it many more times, as there are only so many days left and still so many other places. I'm glad I got to see it be new again, and changed from my memories. In the meantime, in internet time, I'll still be there for a while, because I have a lot of new memories to share.

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Moonrise over Diamond Peak ski resort last night, July 3rd. Which one of these do you like the best?
Come visit the Las Vegas Astronomical Society this Friday night for some professional guided star (and moon) gazing!
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L👀k up and enjoy the ✨💫⭐️ in #CarsonValleyNV ⁠
When was the last time YOU stargazed ? ⁠
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The cloudy skies 2 hours before sunset last night didn’t give me a lot of confidence that I was going to be able to shoot any milky way. I was going to turn around but decided to drive to Goldfield anyways just for the drive. I arrived at 9pm and I was rewarded with clear skies. Setup my tripood, grabbed a chair, and just snapped away for almost 2 hours. Figured I’ll get my shot for image stacking, Star trails, and a time lapse! Multitasking. Also it was going to be the last night was nice weather. It was 62 degrees, this time I remembered to bring pants and a jacket. Starting next week, we’ll be in the triple digits so you’re going to see a lot of night photography from me for a while. ————————————————————————
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Metropolis NV. I have had this shot planned for two years. I finally made it out to the desert to shoot a series of star trails. First Astro session of the year! #startrails #nevadadesert #nevadamagazine #nightsky #nikond850 #nightskyphotography
Gold Mining and Reaching for the Stars! Tribute to Shorty Harris statues by Fred Bervorts, with a Prospector and a Penguin, and Star Trails at the Goldwell Open Air Museum at the Rhyolite Ghost Town in Beatty, NV. Taken on June 20, 2020 during our Star Trails and Light Painting in Death Valley Night Photography Workshop with creativephotoacademy, led by Instructors cassonephotography and redheadkatrina. Keep on reaching for the Stars and have a Terrific Thursday, everyone! 🌠👥📷 
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June 20, 2020 between 8:48 PM and 9:40 PM, for a total of 1 hour and 8 minutes. 
34 pictures stacked and edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

For all 34 Star Trail exposures, 90 seconds each at ISO 400.
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With many key sites in California still closed to us, it’s Nevada for the win!
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