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The best time to be at a resort Sep 13

I like resorts after the lights go out. Y’see, I like astronomy. Resorts are safe places to be at night in the dark. I mean, who’s going to get New York City to turn off all the lights so you can stargaze? And would you want all the lights out there?

But some resorts even have star parties on their roofs, with telescopes, and lighting that points down so it doesn’t light up the sky.

Stargazing at a resort. Click to enlarge

There’s a resort in Atacama, Chile, only 40 miles from town, that features skies so dark they built the world’s largest telescope not far from there. For a little less remote, but still exotic, you could try the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Hawaii. They have 40 acres of back country, and they speak English. They even have a resident astronomer! Can’t make it to the Islands? How about Colorado? Viceroy Snowmass, a classy resort on the Snowmass ski slopes near Aspen has skies dark enough that you don’t even require a telescope. They have a person who gives talks about what’s up in the sky while you sit around a campfire. Don’t look into the campfire, though. It’ll mess up your night vision.

That out of reach, too? How about your back yard? Tonight just after sunset, go out and look west. That really bright star you see is Venus.

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