After living in Idaho on and off for more than a decade, it's strange to think some people haven't seen the galaxy besides in pictures. It only takes a 10or 15-minute drive outside of Boise, and you can usually see the Milky Way pretty easily. I've always been a bit of a space nut since I've been a kid you could generally find me looking up at the sky or learning about our universe from a book or documentary. I remember the first time I saw with my own eyes the Milky Way. I was walking back to my hotel from The Yacht Club in McCall Idaho. It was so bright, so clear, very magical. I remember feeling awestruck, and humbled, fortunate that I lived in a place where I could witness what I was seeing. And now, future generations of Idahoans will be able to enjoy gazing up at the cosmos for years to come.
The glittering diamonds of the Milky Way over the Sawtooth National Recreation Area will be preserved for future stargazers, as the International Dark-Sky Association in December approved the nation’s first dark sky reserve. The 1,416-square-mile reserve also includes the communities of Stanley, Ketchum and Sun Valley. It is the 12th such reserve worldwide, and the third largest.
This is pretty cool, light pollution is a real problem for stargazers, and with the rate the Treasure Valley is growing, it's good to know that we will always be able to enjoy the brilliance of our galaxy for future generations.