January 30, 2023

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Colorado’s astrotourism is showing the importance of dark skies

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Katherine Heidt, left, and Phillip Virden, who are part of the Lake Fork Valley Conservancy in Lake City, educate the public about the importance of preserving the dark sky and are part of a project that will add a research observatory near a dark sky park in the region. (Hugh Carey, The Colorado Sun)

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LAKE CITY — Minute by minute, a deep purple sky streaked with waves of gold and pink across the horizon drifted into darkness, the last traces of the sun slipping below the jagged peaks of the eastern San Juan Mountains. Slowly, and then all at once, it emerged: the first star, faintly visible in a sky just beginning to embrace nightfall.

Phillip Virden, cast in a silhouette, stood below Arcturus, ready to point his laser beam from star to star, a couple dozen…

Erica Breunlin

2022-08-14 04:23:00

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