West Virginia Dark Skies Initiative

Join us in showing what a beautiful night sky view we have from West Virginia!

The Green Bank Observatory Science Center is launching a West Virginia Dark Skies program to bring awareness to the importance of dark skies to our earth and encourage folks to do some star gazing, as it is a great activity for getting some fresh air while practicing social distancing! West Virginia has some of the darkest skies in the eastern United States and we’d love to get our state recognized for its dark sky opportunities.

One way that you can help is by completing dark sky reports through Globe at Night (globeatnight.org). Globe at Night is an international campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting the public to measure and report their night sky brightness observations. The next Globe at Night campaign runs from April 14-23, which also aligns with Earth Day and International Dark-Sky Week! Filling out the survey is easy to do and we’ll walk you through the steps!

Completed surveys can be entered to win a night sky observing kit which includes binoculars, a night sky guide, and more!

Browse our videos for instructions on reporting, tips for making your observations, and how to enter to WIN!

Resources

Join our Facebook Event to get the latest news and activities!

We’ve made a series of videos to help you start exploring your dark skies! Watch our YouTube channel

Intro to West Virginia Dark Skies

Prevent Light Pollution

Green Bank Observatory: How to complete a Globe at Night survey!

Observatory Dark Skies Time Lapse

Listen to this great interview on Allegheny Mountain Radio

Did you know that the International Space Station is visible to the eye from earth? So is the Hubble Space Telescope! Find out how to track and view these objects from where you live at heavens-above.com. The website is a great resource for tracking other interesting astronomical objects like comets and asteroids too!

Find free, printable resources at skymaps.com. The evening sky maps are a useful tool for navigating the night sky and beginning your journey into stargazing!

What is light pollution? The International Dark-Skies Association explains why starry skies are a vanishing treasure https://www.darksky.org/light-pollution/