Hi, I’m Vicky Derksen.

I’m a writer, educator, podcaster, and Dark Sky advocate and I love nature and the night sky.

I’m here to help you discover the night sky in a whole new way.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2022

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2022

Give your mom the gift of the night sky this Mother's Day. And before you think of what you can buy her, think about where you can take her to enjoy an evening of stargazing. Observatories and...

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Why Earth Wobbles with a Drunken Stagger

Why Earth Wobbles with a Drunken Stagger

The story of Polaris, the North Star, is far more fascinating than you might suspect. You may think of it as the star in the Northern Hemisphere that doesn't move at night and the star that guides...

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4 Etiquette Tips for Superb Stargazing

4 Etiquette Tips for Superb Stargazing

You know what it’s like to show up to a new kind of event and not know what to expect or what the “rules” are. You’re planning to enter a dance studio for the very first time. Will you have to...

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Don’t Miss These Great Stargazing Opportunities this Year!

When is the next meteor shower? Can I see Jupiter or Saturn? What constellations can I see this month? This guide will take you across the night sky month-by-month so you don’t miss a thing! Great for telescope viewing and naked-eye stargazers.

Things to See In 2022

Vicky’s Top 10 Places to Visit in the American Southwest

1. Joshua Tree National Park

Two distinct ecosystems converge for stunning landscapes under preserved dark skies.

2. Saguaro National Park

See the native saguaro cactus against the beautiful dark skies outside of Tucson.

3. Kodachrome Basin State Park

A dramatic landscape of 67 rocky spires under pristine dark skies.

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