Universal Spinning in the Milky Way
Would you believe this image depicts a 40 year-old guy playing with LED lights under the Milky Way in north-central Nebraska? :-)))
Merritt Reservoir offers some of the finest dark night skies for star viewing in the region complemented by over 40 miles of fine sandy beaches. Nearby are two National Wildlife Refuges, multiple waterfalls (seriously), the largest hand-planted National Forest in North America (again, seriously heh) and the Niobrara National Scenic River runs through it with numerous wildlife (including bison) completing the scene. The Valentine, NE vicinity is like an undiscovered Columbia River Gorge of Nebraska. And all of this is located in the midst of the Sandhills Prairie ecosystem, the largest remaining tract of mid and tall grass prairie left on the continent.
Consider me floored, we will certainly be back when we can spend more time!
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