Dark Sky Preserves

Other stargazing opportunities

  • The Northern Lights 

    The first time you see the Northern Lights your brain will spend at least a few minutes trying to understand what is before you – the slowly moving curtains of wispy greens, whites and pinks. The Northern Lights are created by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere.

    Clear, winter nights provide the best viewing, so gazing upward and toward the north might just provide you with that outdoor experience you’ve been waiting. They are best seen late August through early April. 

    2021 meteor shower​s 

    The Perseid meteor shower is one of the biggest astronomical events of the year, taking place each August. The showers are expected to take place Aug. 8-14, 2021 (peak viewing is estimated for Thursday, Aug. 12).

    • Quadrantids, Dec. 27, 2020-Jan. 10 (peak estimated for Jan. 2-3)
    • Lyrids, April 16-30 (peak estimated for April 21-22)
    • Eta Aquariids, April 19-May 28 (peak estimated for May 4-5)
    • Southern delta Aquariids, July 12-Aug. 23 (peak estimated for July 28-29)
    • Alpha Capricornids, July 3-Aug. 15 (peak estimated for July 28-29)

    International Dark Sky Week

    During International Dark Sky Week (April 11-17, 2021), our six dark sky preserves will stay open late for self-guided viewing. Please call ahead for individual park hours.