Starry Nights

Without a doubt, the Four Corners region boasts the darkest of skies. With little or no light pollution tainting our cosmos, stargazing is about as effortless as it gets. On a clear night, the Milky Way is visible from horizon to horizon, a spectacle seen in only a few select places in the country. June is a great month to catch four out of the five planets visible to the unaided eye. Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Mercury all congregate in the morning sky, a sight not to be missed!

The North Star seen above Lookout Peak, near Ophir Pass. Boulders, juniper trees and streaking stars stand out west of
Durango. A campfire illuminates a cottonwood. Orion is visible to the
right of the tree. The Milky Way frames the branches of a cottonwood. The Milky Way and a cottonwood glow together in this 4.5 hour
time lapse exposure.


In this week's issue...

July 18, 2024
Rebuilding Craig

Agreement helps carve a path forward for town long dependent on coal

July 11, 2024
Reining it in

Amid rise in complaints, City embarks on renewed campaign to educate dog owners

July 11, 2024
Rolling retro

Vintage bikes get their day to shine with upcoming swap and sale