Salinas Pueblo Missions NM Proudly Announces Designation as an IDA Dark Sky Park

A sky full of stars forms the back drop to the stone walls of an old mission.
Gran Quivira looking toward Albuquerque where the bright light is emanating from on the horizon.

Gary Smith

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News Release Date: October 11, 2016

Contact: Norma Pineda, (505) 847-2585

On September 30, 2016, the new Superintendent of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Tom Betts, proudly announced our new designation as an IDA Dark Sky Park. After the announcement, the Lake County Astronomical Society presented Salinas Pueblo Missions with a plaque commemorating our incredible 30 year partnership.
Our beautiful dark skies were on full display at the Gran Quivira Ruins that evening, providing spectacular views for the 80 visitors who attended our event. Jim Greenhouse, the Space Science Director for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, led an amazing night sky tour. Numerous astronomers, representing both The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) and the Lake County Astronomical Society were on hand, sharing both their telescopes and expertise. 
It was a phenomenal evening, and if you missed this event, be sure to check our Facebook page for future events. We held 7 events this summer in honor of the National Park Service Centennial, and now that we are a Dark Sky Park, we will hold at least four evening events each summer. Hope to see you at our next event!  

Last updated: July 10, 2017

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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
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Mountainair, NM 87036-0517


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