Two towns in Colorado shut off their lights to see more stars

Colorado as a whole has been doing a lot the last couple of years to bring back the night sky. Light pollution is a real issue and two Colorado towns in particular are on the winning side of the battle.

Westcliffe and Silver Cliff have passed ordinances, built an observatory and banned together as residents to nearly eliminate light pollution in their area. And it seems to have worked.

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Their night skies are now some of the darkest on the planet, giving them a great view of the Milky Way every evening — harkening back to the frontier times when the area was wide open wilderness.

Their view of the Milky Way.
Their view of the Milky Way.

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