Sunday, June 28, 2009

A Protected Night Sky Over Flagstaff

Click on image to enlargeCredit and Copyright: Dan & Cindy Duriscoe, FDSC, Lowell Obs., USNO

Flagstaff now enjoys the status of being the first International Dark Sky City, and maintains a lighting code that limits lights from polluting this majestic nighttime view. The current dark skies over Flagstaff not only enable local astronomers to decode the universe but allow local sky enthusiasts to see and enjoy a tapestry contemplated previously by every human generation. The above image, pointing just east of north, was taken at 3 am from Fort Valley, only 10 kilometers from central Flagstaff. Visible in the above spectacular panorama are the San Francisco Peaks caped by a lenticular cloud. Far in the distance, the plane of the Milky Way Galaxy arcs diagonally from the lower left to the upper right, highlighted by the constellations of Cassiopeia, Cepheus, and Cygnus. On the far right, the North America Nebula is visible just under the very bright star Deneb.


Andrea said...

I've been to Flagstaff many times and it really is a gorgeous area. I haven't been there since I was a kid though. Looks like I need to visit again.

Btw, the new blog look is very clean and sharp. Love your use of blue!

Stardust said...

Thanks Andrea! I overlooked this comment of your's somehow! Your new blog looks great, also!