13 Summer Star Parties and Festivals

13 Summer Star Parties and Festivals

There is so much to love about summer, and warmer nights for stargazing are up there with swimming, camping, and road trips for me. It’s also Milky Way season when we can look directly toward our galactic core. Most people can’t see the Milky Way from where they live,...
Surprising Night Sky Experiences in Phoenix

Surprising Night Sky Experiences in Phoenix

Phoenix might not be a place that pops into your head when you’re thinking about night sky experiences. But it should.    It’s true that you shouldn’t expect to see a star-filled night sky in Phoenix. The vast number of lights and careless lighting...
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 skies, there is a corridor that runs right down the state’s center...
Tonto National Monument: International Dark Sky Park

Tonto National Monument: International Dark Sky Park

On May 7, 2019, Tonto National Monument in Arizona was designated an International Dark Sky Park. On January 25, 2020, before the pandemic, I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in their Dark Sky Designation Celebration and share about Night Sky Tourist with...
Fountain Hills, Arizona: A Dark Sky Community

Fountain Hills, Arizona: A Dark Sky Community

Fountain Hills, Arizona is more than an International Dark Sky Community, although it is that. It is also the place I have called home for twenty-three years. The first time I visited Fountain Hills was three years before I moved here. We drove down Shea Boulevard...