The only International Dark Sky Sanctuary in the U.S. is located near the Arizona-New Mexico border! useful please send Allan Rahill of the CMC an email (and feel free to copy Cochiti Recreation Area is an outstanding example of a CORE facility with lots of things to do (or things not to do) in the area. It's local time, in 24hr format. Interpretive park rangers give brief talks about the night sky and any astronomical events underway. CMC's numerical weather forecasts are unique because they are specifically designed for astronomers. It is not a comprehensive map of dark sites generally. Other parks also have night sky programs, so be sure to check with your park if you are interested. It's a prediction of when Albuquerque, NM, will have good weather for astronomical observing. Secluded, dark, light-pollution-free, clear skies. It also features a wide variety of wildlife, including 358 species of birds. Telescopes may be available for viewing the celestial night sky and provide an opportunity for visitors to see what spectacular views are available in the universe above. The Lava Falls, Big Tubes and El Calderon trailheads are excellent places to view the Milky Way overhead. Light blue is full moon. Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument protects four of the best-preserved 17th century Spanish mission churches in the continental United States of America. Here are some ideas to make your experience memorable: Night Sky Events The following, partial list of parks aims to give a head start in your search. when there is very little cloud. The time on the CMC map might look odd because it's in GMT, while How Good is the Stargazing in Albuquerque? The Manzano Mountains to the west block much of the light pollution and sky glow generated from Albuquerque and development along the I-25 corridor. This way, you won’t have to deal with any excess light interfering with your view. Normally, the refuge is open from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset, but with permission of the Refuge Manager and on nights when Valle de Oro has Star Parties, you may visit Valle de Oro after hours and take a gander at the beautiful starry, urban sky. The Cosmic Campground International Dark Sky Sanctuary is easily accessible from U.S. Highway 180 between Alma and Reserve. Related: 25 of the Best Observatories in the U.S. Planning an unforgettable experience in New Mexico is easy with a free New Mexico Adventure Guide. ***Please note we are currently experiencing technical issues with the interactive maps**** ***We are working diligently to resolve the technical issues with the interactive maps and restore full functionality**** This map shows the positions of locations designated as part of the International Dark Sky Places Program only. A digit 1 on top of a 3 means 13:00 or 1pm. Complete darkness finds the Milky Way crowning the mountains of the Gila Wilderness, as well as the faint glow of distant galaxies and zodiacal light. You can also help keep clear sky charts free for everyone by being a sponsor. The excellent-to-bad seeing scale is calibrated for instruments in the 11 to 14 inch range. AmyM Howard/Flickr Salinas is close enough to Albuquerque that it still gets some low-level light intrusion. the blocks on the chart are in local time. The line, labeled Transparency, forecasts the transparency of the air. The program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. The walk starts around sunset, and is limited to 24 participants on a first-come, first-served basis, reservations required, and they request no pets or children under 8 please. Bad seeing can occur during perfectly clear weather. 59, Los Cerrillos, NM 87010, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society frequently comes here for its high altitudes and desert environment. Its sparse population, clear skies, and lack of humidity make it very easy to get a great look at the stars at night. Copyright 2020 A. Danko. Large globulars and planets can be observed in poor Each column represents a Spot the International Space Station. These events are held immediately after the Bat Flight Program in the east parking lot (the lot with the flag pole). You won't find a better site for a better value for astrophotography and remote telescope hosting. Visitors gather on those nights to attend a lecture usually on the astronomical practices of the ancient Puebloans and how their observations informed their daily lives. , — Trip Advisor Review by Guests from Albuquerque, — Review by Guests from Massachusetts, — Review by Guests from New Jersey, — Review by Guests from Canada, Guesthouses • Art Gallery • Nature Preserve, Silver City/Grant County Chamber of Commerce. It can be a chore to find the one you want. The telescope is a 14’’ Mead Telescope operated by solar power. Please remove us from this list. and the surroundings out to about 10 miles. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 1001 NM-1, San Antonio, NM 87832, You get a clear view of the sky, and you don’t have to worry about light pollution. It's calculated from the total amount of water vapor in the What looks like a faint cloud is actually the light from millions and millions of distant stars. A sudden spike in the humidity forecast, an hour or so after the cloud forecast predicts a sudden transition from cloudy to clear, when there is no wind, means that ground fog Try different light bulbs, even different light fixtures, so that you can see the stars better.