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5th Annual Dark Sky Festival

09/07/2018 - 09/09/2018 @ 10:00 am - 9:00 pm - Hosted by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Sequoia Parks Conservancy The night sky in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is nationally recognized. Our darkness not only adds to the aesthetic qualities of the wilderness, but is important to the health of our wildlife. As most of the world is faced with the [...]

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Dark Sky Duo Takes On The John Muir Trail

By Scott Lange — This week we’ll depart San Francisco on a journey to capture the nighttime sky along the 211 mile John Muir Trail, which begins in Yosemite and terminates atop Mt. Whitney. Leaving just after Labor Day will hopefully make for a quieter, less traveled trail, as well as some great late-summertime weather. Range of Light: Night & ...

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There’s A Hole In The Sky Where The Sun Used To Be

The road up 8,500 foot Relay Ridge in eastern Utah was recommended for 4-wheel drive or rental vehicles only. So, hoping for an outcome more high-minded than high-centered, I dropped the rugged VW Passat, painted seriously technical Candy White, into low gear — and put the pedal to the plastic. It had been 26 years since I had had observed ...

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Full Moon And Jupiter Light Sky Tonight

EARTH — A full moon is rising and should be visible this evening, followed by the dazzling planet Jupiter in the eastern sky after dark. The February full moon is also sometimes called the Wolf Moon, Snow Moon or Hunger Moon. According to EarthSky.org, the star above the moon and Jupiter this evening is Regulus, the brightest in the constellation ...

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July 4th Fireworks Return To Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — After a year’s haitus during which the community at large was treated to a 4th of July laser show that attempted to recreate the thrill of fireworks, the real deal is coming back to Bass Lake. Michelle Miller of Miller’s Landing and the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce confirmed today that residents and visitors will once again ...

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The Trip Doesn’t Always Go As Planned

By Scott Lange — As winter was rolling in just before Thanksgiving, a few of us got the urge to get into the High Sierra one last time this year. It would prove to be a tough task to even find an accessible trailhead as most of the roads had already been closed to snowfall, but we found an entry ...

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Two Photographers, 220 Miles On The John Muir Trail

By Scott Lange — Just after Labor Day we set out to capture night and day on the John Muir Trail, and the journey was a great one.  Like many, we chose to begin in Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows due to the easier conditions for obtaining a permit, and because we’ve already hiked the valley several times. Departing the day after ...

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The Range of Light: Night & Day on the John Muir Trail

UPDATE – Aug. 11, 2015: Scott and Nick of DarkSky Photography announced today their Kickstarter bid was successful to the tune of $9,151 with 130 backers, and the Range of Light: Night and Day on the John Muir Trail trip is ON. By Scott Lange — After meeting in a physics class at the City College of San Francisco a little ...

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A Student’s Perspective on COVID-19 and the Human Condition

Image of a man sitting alone on a beach.

By David Perez, student journalist for Minarets Press While it isn’t the most likely of connections to be made, there is a measurable correlation between COVID-19 and mental health. On the surface level, it may seem ridiculous, but if you analyze the course of events that led to where we are now, it’s not. Being isolated, having virtually nothing to ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Thunderstorms on Mt. Dana

Image of a thunderstorm on Mt. Dana.

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to: https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node263. Here at 12,400′ elevation on the Mt. Dana trail, you’re only 600 feet below the summit. There is very little plant life, as you are well-above the timber line in the alpine zone. Weather here can deteriorate rapidly. On this day, the sky was completely cloudless and temperatures were in the ...

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