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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Have You Seen the Beautiful Belt of Venus?

Have You Seen the Beautiful Belt of Venus?

I'm sure I saw the Belt of Venus numerous times throughout my life. But not only did I not notice it, but I also wouldn't have known what I was looking at if I had. Once I learned what it was, it...

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Casadastraphobia and Other Fears of the Dark

Casadastraphobia and Other Fears of the Dark

I’ll never forget Lesa’s confession of her biggest phobia. I was teaching naked-eye astronomy to a group of about twenty homeschooled students. Several parents chose to take the class with their...

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Arizona’s Dark Sky Corridor

Arizona’s Dark Sky Corridor

If you want to plan a road trip filled with tremendous dark skies and great activities along the way, you should put Arizona on your travel list. While large areas of the state have spectacular dark...

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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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