Five Photos of the Night Sky You Won't Believe

(Wyoming) Fort Collins, Colorado resident Robert Arn likes to spend his free time in dark places. "It's a combination of being out in the middle of nowhere and being off by myself," he said, explaining his hobby. "Being under very very dark skies all alone is a very unique experience." [image: AstroArn Geometers Playground.jpg] *The Ames Monument, located near Buford, WY* The amateur astronomer and photographer is a graduate student at Colorado State, working on a Ph.D in Mathematics. Last week, Devils Tower National Monument shared a photo from Arn's "Nightscapes" collection (feature photo) that blew us away. He says that photo shoot was one of the first places he visited to try and capture the night sky. "I've been on day trips to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons," he told Pitchengine. "I also try and day trip to Utah once a year or so." [image: AstroArn Stealing a View at Piracy Point.jpg] *The night view from Piracy Point in Bryce Canyon National Park, UT* "I'm able to create images comparing the night sky with popular landscapes, or in some cases unpopular landscapes," he explained. "A lot of these places are photographed, but I try to create images that take these same locations and give a brand new take on them." Arn started doing astro-photography about ten years ago with an astronomy camera hooked up to a telescope. From an interest in astronomy sprung a continuing interest in photography. He tries to go out on different night shoots about five times a month, as long as the weather's clear for seeing the stars. [image: AstroArn A Rocky Mountain Milky Way.jpg] *The Milky Way over Rocky Mountain National Park, CO* "The biggest annual summer event is the Perseid meteor shower, which is the first couple of weeks in August," Arn advised, when asked what major events people can go out and see with the naked eye this summer. "Right now we're in the prime time to see the summer Milky Way." [image: AstroArn Unpaved Roads.jpg] *When the moon's out, several long-exposure night photos can look like daylight, as it does with this picture of an unpaved road near Carr, CO.* Arn says the best time to catch a view of our own galaxy is in the summer between the hours of 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., especially if you're somewhere the city lights won't interfere. #county17 #buckrail #dally #oilcity #shortgo #springcity #county10 #reboot #news