Amazing Skies Await

Did you know that 80 Percent of Americans can’t see the milky way anymore? And yes, pollution is to blame. Our skies are so clouded now that most people will live their entire lives without getting an untarnished look at our amazing galaxy.

The International Dark-Sky Association’s designation requires public and private lands to “possess an exceptional or distinguished quality of night sky, view of the stars and nocturnal environment". The association gave the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve “Gold Tier” status, its highest ranking of the quality of the night sky.

Hotel Ketchum, situated in the heart of the International Dark Skies Reserve, is helping shed light on this amazing spectacle by adhering to the local outdoor lighting ordinance, working with the Idaho Conservation League to promote educational events and supplying visitors with all the essentials for a beautiful night of stargazing.

Upcoming Celestial and Lunar Events:

Full Moons 2021:

  • Dec 18: Cold Moon

Celestial Events 2021: 

  • Dec 13-14: Geminids Meteor Shower
  • Dec 21: Winter Solstice – Shortest Period of daylight. Break out your telescopes early!
  • Dec 21-22: Ursids Meteor Shower

New Moons 2022: The sky is darkest on New Moon nights, which makes for great stargazing!

  • January 2
  • January 31
  • March 2
  • April 1
  • April 30
  • May 30
  • June 28
  • July 28
  • August 27
  • September 25
  • October 25
  • November 23
  • December 23

Full Moons 2022: 

  • January 17
  • February 16
  • March 18
  • April 16
  • May 15
  • June 14, Supermoon
  • July 13, Supermoon
  • August 11, Supermoon
  • September 10
  • October 9
  • November 8
  • December 7

    Celestial Events 2022: 

    • January 3-4: Quadrantids Meteor Shower
    • January 7: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
    • February 16: Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
    • March 20: March Equinox
    • April 22-23: Lyrids Meteor Shower
    • April 29: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
    • April 30: Partial Solar Eclipse
    • May 6-7: Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
    • May 16 - Total Lunar Eclipse
    • June 16: Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
    • June 21: June Solstice
    • July 28-29: Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
    • August 12-13: Perseids Meteor Shower
    • August 14: Saturn at Opposition
    • August 27: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
    • September 16: Neptune at Opposition
    • September 23: September Equinox
    • September 26: Jupiter at Opposition
    • October 7: Draconids Meteor Shower
    • October 8: Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
    • October 21-22: Orionids Meteor Shower
    • October 25: Partial Solar Eclipse
    • November 4-5: Taurids Meteor Shower
    • November 8: Total Lunar Eclipse
    • November 9: Uranus at Opposition
    • November 17-18: Leonids Meteor Shower
    • December 8: Mars at Opposition
    • December 13-14: Geminids Meteor Shower
    • December 21: December Solstice
    • December 21: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
    • December 21-22: Ursids Meteor Shower
    Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve Brochure
    Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve Map