While tentatively planning my trip to the Rockies, one thing that hadn’t occurred to me was just how different night viewing would be compared to home, where noise pollution is so overwhelming even the Martians could see Manhattan without a telescope. I haven’t seen the Milky Way with my bare eyes since I was 8 years old, and I would very much like that streak to end.
Which is why I’m glad I found this site: Dark Sky Finder. It’s a user driven site that presents the level of noise pollution overlayed on a Google map, along with user suggestions on places to go around the country for a great viewing of the sky. I already have it bookmarked and plan to utilize the info here so I can assure myself at least one night of unbridled heavenly joy.