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Black Hills Good Place to Photograph Lunar Eclipse

By • Feb 21st, 2008 • Category: Uncategorized

Lunar eclipse photo from a telescope in Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota - February 20/21, 2008

One of the things I really like about the Black Hills is how clear the night sky is. There are several reasons that the stars come through so brightly:

  1. Little air pollution. The air quality in the Black Hills and Badlands is incredibly good (check out these DENR air quality graphs from downtown Rapid City – downtown!).
  2. Dark skies. Because the area is pretty sparsely populated, light pollution also is very low.
  3. Few clouds. According to NOAA climate data, Rapid City averages more sunny days per year than either Miami or Honolulu, so chances are good that you won’t have to fight with cloud cover at night.

My friend Chad Blair took advantage of the clear weather last night to snap these shots of the lunar eclipse from his home in Deadwood. He took the shots by holding his digital camera up to his telescope, so these aren’t exactly professional-grade. They’re pretty neat all the same.

Lunar eclipse photo from a telescope in Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota - February 20/21, 2008

Lunar eclipse photo from a telescope in Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota - February 20/21, 2008

About the Author

is a fifth-generation South Dakotan, grew up exploring the forested gulches of the Black Hills. While studying at Oxford University, Dustin discovered the amazing combination of student discounts and the European rail system, and set off to see the continent. Eleven countries, five trains, a Greek fishing boat and several pubs later, Dustin realized a deep affinity for travel. Although he’s journeyed across three continents since then, the Black Hills remain one of his favorite places to explore. Now a member of the Western Writers of America, Dustin has penned several travel guides on the Black Hills, Badlands, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming for publishers including Fodor’s and Globe Pequot.
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