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The Darkest + Clearest Skies in the World


Scoring a sky quality measurement of 21.63. Put into perspective: 22.0 mpss would be completely free of artificial light pollution, 17.0 mpss would be equivalent to a major city like New York or Boston, and 7.0 mpss is as bright as the glow of sunrise/sunset. Not only does Dark Sky New Mexico have some of the darkest skies, but also the clearest. Average weather reports show that this area of New Mexico has over 300 clear weather days per year. It’s not perfect, but it’s an almost guaranteed clear, dark sky.


Crisp blue sky days


Clear dark sky nights