Thursday, October 19th is an important date for stargazers and celestial photographers. On this day in October, the Moon will be in a New Moon phase, meaning the Moon will not make an appearance in the night sky. The Moon will rise and set with the sun during daylight hours.
With the absence of light pollution from the moon, the night sky will be at its darkest, making for ideal conditions to view celestial objects in the sky. These are the times when photographers take advantage of a dark sky to capture images like the one pictured on the left as seen in Colorado.
To see for yourself how powerful this can be, we recommend distancing yourself from any light sources like those of a city and spend the night at a state park or campground that will allow for light-free viewing. There is nothing like experiencing a clear night sky from a campsite. Make this night your chance to take a break from your busy schedule and reset your clock with nature – studies show you’ll be glad you did. Make some plans October 19th to pack your bag and spend a night in nature to get a front row seat.