Night Skys

PLANET SKI OF THE UK: Article published July 12, 2011
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We received up to 3,500 visits a day and in February 1.7m pages were viewed. Last month, June, 1.5m pages were read. The most popular stories have had over 20,000 impressions and PlanetSKI readers look at an average of 45 pages. The busiest day so far in July saw over 1, 600 unique visits. Not bad for summer! (Source:Google Analytics).

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Snow and stars
Tuesday July 12, 2011 – Email this article to a friend
To us skiers and snowboarders the state of Utah in the USAis probably better known for its snow than its stars. Think again.
Apparently there are 7,500 stars visible on a moonless night from the mountains of southern Utah in the USA.
Bryce Canyon National Park latched on to it a while ago and has developed speciality tours in the area. People can see nearly 200 miles to the Black Mesas in eastern Arizona on the ground.
Look upwards and on a clear dark night people can see 2.2 million light years or 527,000,000,000,000,000 miles to the Andromeda Galaxy.
A bit closer to home is Jupiter, 48 light minutes away, and the ring nebula, a mere 1,500 light years away
In 21st May next year will be the annular solar eclipse when the moon covers all but a bright ring around the circumference of the sun.
On the early evening of 21st May 2012, at about 6.30pm, the path of an annular solar eclipse will pass across south-west Utah.
Southern Utah claims to offer some of the best opportunities for seeing this eclipse.
If you don’t want to leave a visit to the end of the ski season then rangers in Bryce Canyon offer full moon hikes, including snowshoe walks in the winter.
These 1 to 2 mile walks take place three nights each month.
The night sky above Utah

For more information on the astronomy programme at Bryce Park then see here.
So, why are we telling you all about this on PlanetSKI?
Well this story from earlier in the summer had thousands of visits so our readers are clearly interested in the stars and all things celestial.
Another story from a couple of summers ago on the Perseid meteor shower as seen from The Alps had even more.
Happy star gazing!
Quite an experience

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