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:

  • Jun 24: Strawberry Moon 2:40 p.m. 18:40
  • Jul 23: Buck Moon 10:37 a.m. and 2:37 a.m. (Jul 24)
  • Aug 22: Sturgeon Moon 8:02 a.m. 12:02
  • Sep 20: Corn Moon 7:55 a.m. 23:55
  • Oct 20: Harvest Moon 10:57 a.m. 14:57
  • Oct 31: Blue Moon 10:57 a.m. 14:57
  • Nov 19: Beaver Moon 3:58 a.m. 8:58
  • Dec 18: Cold Moon 11:36 p.m. 4:36 (Dec 19)

Celestial Events 2021: 

  • Jun 21: Summer Solstice Longest period of Daylight and sun in northernmost position in the sky
  • Jul 28-29: Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower – Best viewing: After Midnight- Before Dawn
  • Aug 12-13: Perseids Meteor Shower – Late night – Early Dawn 
  • Sep 22: September Equinox – Equal amounts of day and night. Sun is directly above the Equator
  • Oct 7: Draconids Meteor Shower – Best viewing in early evening
  • Oct 21-22: Orionids Meteor Shower
  • Nov 17-18: Leonids Meteor Shower 
  • Nov 19: Partial Lunar Eclipse
  • 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
Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve Brochure
Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve Map