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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Excited for our next stargazing adventure! #laketahoebucketlist .
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Don’t forget to add stargazing to your travel itinerary✅

P.S. The stars shine brighter in Henderson ✨🌎💫 📸: shay_na

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Stayin’ up late. Morey Peak WSA, Nye County.
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“When we’re dancing, the night begins to shine...”

Prize to anyone who can tell me where this quote is from without googling it.
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Throwback to the deserts of Vegas. Although Vegas is a party city it was so nice to explore the outskirts and see what Nevada had to offer. 🌵
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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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Come visit the Las Vegas Astronomical Society this Friday night for some professional guided star (and moon) gazing!
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Amazing moonrise before the fireworks this year! Did you guys see it?
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