Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

Stargazers Take a Dim View of Las Vegas

January 20, 2009, 7:47 am

High atop Dante's View, overlooking sheets of salt flats and ribbons of sand dunes, night watcher Dan Duriscoe shone a laser beam at the North Star and steadied his digital camera at the starry heavens.

Click. The sky looks dark.

Duriscoe panned the camera toward the light factory of Las Vegas, which, even at 85 miles away, peeked out like a white halo above the mountains in the eastern horizon.