A whole lot of nothing could mean a whole lot of something to a remote part of Idaho.

We congratulate our next door neighbors (what few there are) in a big section of central Idaho for becoming the first International Dark Sky Reserve. The International Dark-Sky Association says that this 1,400-square-mile area's nights are so pristine that interstellar dust clouds are visible  in the Milky Way. In other words, being so remote and sparsely populated, it's just not susceptible to much light pollution.

The reserve is backed by the Forest Service mandate to preserve natural and scenic qualities. While they've dimmed their lights, they also say mitigation by others in the recreation area would be voluntary.

So if you are into solitude and really dig the dark, this could make for a great star gazer's getaway!


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