Press

Below is an archive of press articles and videos published regarding the efforts of Dark Skies, Inc of the Wet Mountain Valley. If you are looking for information regarding a news item or have press related questions, please send all inquires to press@darkskiescolorado.org.


International Dark Sky Association Westcliffe, CO, NHK TV, Japan, March, 2017
 

NHK is the Japanese national public broadcaster and has developed an episode on human missions to Mars for their weekly astronomy program, "Cosmic Front NEXT" to include a 3-minute segment on Westcliffe's dark skies recorded on December 3–5, 2016. 


The Towns That Embraced Darkness to See StarlightCNN "Great Big Story", September 15, 2016

Light pollution is no joke. As our cities grow bigger and brighter, fewer Americans get to take in the breathtaking grandeur of the Milky Way. Sensing this, the residents of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, two small towns in Colorado, purposefully dimmed their towns' lights. Their night skies are now among the darkest on the planet and have become a Mecca for stargazers.

A Colorado town goes dark to let the Milky Way shine bright, NBC, The Today Show, November 20, 2016

In many cities across the country, artificial light is making it more difficult to see stars in the night sky. Reporting for Sunday TODAY, NBC’s Harry Smith travels to a small town in Colorado where residents are putting covers on lights in order to take back the night.
 


How a Colorado Valley Became the Center of the Milky WayColorado Independent, September 9, 2016

Just after sunset in the tiny town of Westcliffe, 147 miles south and west of Denver, two dozen people begin gathering in the Bluff, a park on the edge of town.

The hilly Bluff overlooks the Wet Mountain Valley, and just a bit farther, the Sangre de Cristo mountains...

The Colorado towns that turned up the stars,  CityLab, The Atlantic , September 30, 2016
 

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Colorado Towns Work to Preserve a Diminishing Resource: DarknessNew York Times, August 12, 2016

WESTCLIFFE, Colo. — As people around the world stepped into their backyards or onto rooftops to peer up at the annual spectacle of the Perseid meteor shower early on Friday morning, few of them had a view like Wilson Jarvis and Steve Linderer.