So last night I surprised Mark with a stay at Medicine Rocks State Park in Montana. It is classified as a ‘Dark Sky Park’, and the Lord gave us a beautiful night to enjoy the stars.
The sky was absolutely FABULOUS! Nothing we’ve ever seen before! I took a pic with my phone but it’s very hard to see as you can imagine, so I found a photo online that is similar to what we saw. (Dark skies parks photos)
The moon was below the horizon. The closest town was over 10 miles away. There were so many stars it was hard to determine constellations. We saw the rings in Saturn in more detail than ever; the bands on Jupiter, the dark spot, along with 5 of its moons (4 of which were lined up); Over 20 satelites, and 16 shooting stars, most of them being across most of the sky with a long debris trail. Wow!
If you ever get a chance to stay a beautiful night at a dark sky park, it is WELL worth it. You can find a list of them here. Darksky.org
Details: Medicine Rocks State Park; Parker County MT