The Grand Canyon is a special place. We all know this! I firmly believe that it is something everyone should experience at least once in their lives. But…. I am an amateur astronomer and that means that the Grand Canyon also has a very big bonus for me. It has absolutely astonishing night skies. It is very very dark there.
And every year the National park service hosts a week long event for star gazing at the Grand Canyon. This year it was last week (June 22-29).
And I rented a motel room and stayed there at the Canyon for five nights. It was absolutely remarkable! I was astonished by how deep and rich the night sky was and by how much the milky way popped! ( I got pictures)
I also attended two different workshops on how to take astrophotography and I learned a lot. Then I took a whole lot of amazing pictures of the Milky Way and the night sky. Here’s one picture:
Is that not amazing? I have never been a photographer. And I am so happy with how the pictures turned out .
Anyway, If you want to see more pictures including a stop motion of the milky way moving across the night sky you can check it all out on my website right here: The Milky Way over the Grand Canyon Star party
Note: I took this photo with a digital Canon Rebel camera, a common lens that comes with it and a 15 second exposure – on a solid tripod. That’s it. Once you know what to do the process is very easy.
And I am going to be creating some tutorials on how you can do this too so watch my stuff – it’ s all upcoming.