Friday, June 8, 2007

The dome in the backyard

Unlike most sciences, astronomy has oodles of serious, hard-core, non-professional practioners.

Check out the NYT article about 3 communities built specificially for amateur astronomers, in dark sites, with strict light pollution controls. In particular, Portal, AZ is beautiful -- we spent hours at a campground watching a small meteor shower and star-hopping with our birding binos.


Anonymous said...

The article is Built for Stargazing, that that link is to a copy with no "registration" required.

It talks about Chiefland in Florida, Arizona Sky Village, and Deerlick Astronomy Village in Georgia.

astrodyke said...

Bad Astronomy has a long comment thread spawned by this post, check it out.