Do you know your Big Dipper from your Orion’s Belt? If not, you may soon have the chance to get a lesson in astronomy and see the night sky like you’ve never seen it before as the country’s first ever Dark Sky Reserve will likely be in Idaho.The International Dark-Sky Association has been working with Idaho in an attempt to create the country’s first “dark sky reserve.” That means designating a place with little to no light pollution where people can go and see the night sky in all its glory. Did you know that 80% of Americans live in regions where light pollution completely blocks out the stars in the sky?
But not for long. If you want to get a look at some amazing stars, it looks like both Ketchum and Sun Valley are trying to designate 1,400 square miles as the reserve for stargazing so start looking at flights to Boise and getting your telescope ready.
Other Dark Sky Reserves around the world include Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, Aoraki Mackenzie Park in New Zealand and NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia.