The Night Skies of Hawn State Park: Hunt for the Milky Way Pt. 1

Milky Way season is upon us in the northern hemisphere. In a lot of places within the Lower 48 it can be harder to find due to light pollution from nearby towns and cities. In northern Minnesota, it is easy to find and capture in a photograph. Northern Minnesota has some of the darkest skies in the nation. Missouri is a bit different in the sense that one must combat much more light pollution. While it is visible in areas, one can’t just walk out the door and see the Milky Way. As the season progresses, the Milky Way will become more visible as it gets higher in the night sky.

I’ve heard of so many who have never seen the night sky and all it has to offer. Groups of inner city youth on their first trips to places like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and many places in the American West are always astounded by what they’ve been missing. Light pollution is a commonplace problem many are unaware of and according to many scientists and professionals it is a legitimate issue in developed western civilization in regards to health.

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Video shot on iPhone 8 Plus with Rode MicroMe.

Music by:

‘I Dreamed I Saw Paul Bunyan Last Night’ by Charlie Parr

‘All the Things We Couldn’t See’ by Cloud Cult


Night Sky Above Camp—Whispering Pines Trail, Hawn State Park


Star-filled Ozark Skies


Jupiter beams bright in the southern horizon.


Sunrise at Hawn State Park.

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