The darkest starry skies are this week

It’s now the dark of the Moon – and the warmest fortnight of summer, climatologically. Our typical nighttime low is now 60 degrees, making for comfortable stargazing. But where do you find the best skies?

If we limit ourselves to a one-hour drive, then heading north and west is a good bet. The sky is pretty darn fine if you take Route 28 a few miles past Margaretville, and stop at a pull-off along the Pepacton Reservoir. If you travel east, then eastern Columbia or Dutchess Counties, say around Lake Taconic or north of Millerton, or Berkshire hilltops . . .

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