Ridgway is Officially a Dark Sky Community
Ridgway was not only listed as the third Colorado city designated as a Dark Sky Community by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2020 but also The top of the Pines, a local recreation area in Ouray County, at the foot of the Sneffels Mountain Range, was also listed as an International Dark Sky Park in 2021.
It is jaw-dropping to see the rising moon above the San Juan peaks and the Cimarron mountain range. Even on cloudy skies, the sight is still beautiful and glowing. You can see all the stars of Colorado from Ridgway and surrounding areas. The Top of the Pines is located at the base of Sneffles mountain range. Every evening, the park is open to the public and offers wide-open views of the night sky.
Even if you only have a few minutes to spend looking at the night sky, it is a wonderful way to give thanks. Your brain needs a break from the stresses and routines of everyday life. It’s a bit like mediation in this way. Stargazing can remind us how small we really are in the vast cosmic universe and serve as a reminder that we are connected to those around us. It is amazing to imagine that someone 3000 miles away could be gazing up at the exact same shooting stars as you are.
What you can View in Dark Skies
Each year, thousands of night skies events are observed. But some are more spectacular and brighter than others.These are often easier to see than others. We have compiled a list of the top 2022 night sky events. These dates are important and you don’t want them to be missed, so make sure you mark these dates in your calendar. How well you see the night skies may be affected by factors like weather and cloud cover.
February 13-14: Venus
Venus at its peak brightness and size. It is only right that Venus, the planet, would reach its highest point on the days around Valentine’s Day. Consider waking up with your partner early to see Venus at her brightest. It will remain there all year. It’s best to search for it before sunrise, as Venus is near the sun. It will rise towards the east and be near the horizon. It will be possible to see the light of Venus shines exceptionally bright, without the use of any devices. With a good telescope, you will be able see all the details of Venus. Venus will be bright for many weeks before and after the date.
April 30th: A Black Moon
To see the black moon, don’t bother using any special stargazing equipment. It’s one of few 2022 night skies events that you won’t have the opportunity to see. It’s not possible.The sun shines on the opposite side of the moon during a black moon. Earth looks like there is no moon in the sky. This makes it the darkest and the best night to stargaze in 2022.. It’s on Saturday and is a great weekend for planning a spring camping trip to a dark area sky park. Check your local observatory for information about camping. Check with parks to find out if there are any public night-sky viewing events on that weekend.
May 15-16: Total Lunar Eclipse
The rocket will be launched by Tesla from its South Padre Island facility. It’s likely that you will be able see it if you are in the area. You may also be able see it from farther away — because no one has launched a rocket this big. It is so large that no one knows what it will look like from afar. However, if you want to be in the front row, stream it. It can be done via the SpaceX website. A total lunar eclipse will take place mid-May and it will be one of the most exciting night sky events in 2022, coinciding with the “blood moon”. Earth will lie directly between the sun & the moon. May 16th, approximately 10 minutes after midnight EST, will offer the best viewing of the lunar eclipse. If you have a good view of the moon, it will be visible to you.
June 14th: Strawberry Super-moon
Have you ever stood up while on a camping trip, and thought, wow, that moon looks so big!? You may have seen a super-moon. It is the biggest super-moon of the year and it will occur in June. If the clouds aren’t blocking, this 2022 night sky event will be easy to see the moon. the moon shines brighter during a super-moon (scientific name: perigean moon). Its actually at the earth’s closest orbital point, so it looks larger than normal. You will be able to view this from our Four Corners Restaurant and Rooftop Sky Bar.
August 12-13: Perseid Meteor Shower
Perseid is a large shower that is usually the most visible and one of the brightest. Skywatcher along the US’s western coast could see up to 120 meteors an hour. This shower is made up of debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet. It may also be the most beautiful meteor shower of the year, as it falls on balmy summer evenings, making it ideal for stargazing. To maximize you chances of success, plan to camp next to a dark-sky park on the weekend.For more information on where to view these stargazing events visit https://www.colorado.com/coloradostargazing