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The Best Stargazing Around Boise

Blake Hunter
Blake Hunter
Posted on July 10
There are few places in the world that can provide better stargazing than the Sawtooth Mountains. (Doug Michaels / Getty)

There are few places in the world that can provide better stargazing than the Sawtooth Mountains. (Doug Michaels / Getty)

As much as Boise is growing, it’s still the most geographically isolated major U.S. city, and that means we’re surrounded by places with incredible opportunities to behold the night sky.

Where?

Though these four dark sky designated areas are guaranteed to provide great stargazing, but there's a lot of other land in Idaho that will do the trick. (International Dark Sky Association)

Though these four dark sky designated areas are guaranteed to provide great stargazing, but there's a lot of other land in Idaho that will do the trick. (International Dark Sky Association)

When?

The Galactic Center of the Milky Way is best seen between March and September, with the peak in July and August. A bright moon can also limit visibility — luckily for us, next Monday, July 17, is a new moon, so it won’t put off any distracting light. You’ll have the best luck between midnight and 5 a.m.

Happy stargazing! Remember to use binoculars if you’re trying to identify planets or specific stars. And even if you’re not on official wilderness land, respectful outdoor etiquette still applies.

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