Colorado Ranches: The Dark Sky’s the Limit

Jan 11, 2017

What are Dark Sky Destinations? Read On...

"Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious." Stephen Hawking said this, and it seems as though more of us are doing just that--looking up at the stars! With a boom in popularity, star-gazing is a hobby that's sure to make us stand in awe of this miraculous universe in which we live. To star-gaze properly, however, one needs a dark sky destination (remove link), remote locations away from ubiquitous city lights and "light pollution." Owning a ranch gives you unparalleled opportunity to view the pristine night sky.

Star Gaze While Enjoying Your Ranch

When gazing upon the seemingly infinite skyscape in a dark sky location, it's possible to observe not only stars and constellations, but oftentimes planets and satellites--maybe even the orbit of the International Space Station! Now imagine owning a wide swath of pristine land in a remote location that allows you to enjoy the night sky every clear night you are there--a luxury ranch in the great American West, where by day, you enjoy vistas with the grandeur of the landscape, and by night, you are blessed with appreciating the vast beauty of the heavens above you.

Get The Most Out of the Night Sky

A luxury ranch not only provides you with an amazing family gathering place and a lifestyle unmatched by any other type of home, but it provides a location perfect for discovering the nascent astronomer within you. When replacing or adding lighting to your home to incorporate this hobby, maximize the benefit of your natural surroundings by following these Dark Sky guidelines:

  • Choose shielded fixtures that direct light downward where you need it most but eliminates unnecessary light pollution;
  • Consider warm, white LEDs that are more energy-efficient, while reducing the glare of the blue light that interferes with star-gazing; and
  • Look for International Dark Sky Association approved lighting to be sure new lights meet these guidelines.

Contact us at Ranch Sellers to capture your own slice of heaven on earth. While you watch the heavens above the earth, you’ll be creating a legacy you and your family will delight in for generations to come.

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