Bruneau Dunes

Late evening was the perfect time to arrive at Bruneau Dunes State Park. As we walked up the dunes, the sunset gave the sand a pretty, orange glow.

Bruneau Dunes State Park

Bruneau Dunes State Park

Bruneau Dunes State Park

Bruneau Dunes State Park

The astronomy program was amazing! We spent about 3 hours walking back and forth between the huge telescope in the observatory and the smaller, but still very powerful, telescopes set up on the terrace. Their observatory is on a track so the building could move around as the guide pointed the telescope at different objects. The telescope is so large that we had to climb a ladder to see through the eyepiece! We saw Jupiter’s Galilean moons, the rings of Saturn, the Witch’s Broom Nebula (and a few others), and we even looked into the center of our galaxy. It was so dark out there that we could even see the Milky Way in the sky! And I saw a shooting star with a bright green trail, so yeah, it was a pretty awesome night!

Bruneau Dunes State Park

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