DARK SKY VIEWING
Four criteria are crucial to allow you to see the
wonders of Milky Way in its full glory.
No artificial light
terrestrial light will spoil the view
of the Milky Way. These include urban skyglow from
cities and industry and lights from local buildings. The
Milky Way is so bright that there is no need for a
Obviously the sky
must be free of clouds and the atmosphere must be clear
The sun should have set two or three
hours before viewing the dark night sky at the latitude
of le Moulin du Chemin. Further north, it is
preferable to wait more than two or three hours after
sunset before viewing the Milky Way at it's best, and toward the Equator,
less. This is to avoid effect of sunlight from below the
horizon which can reflecte off the
atmosphere above the horizon.
The moon should
not be above the horizon. Moonlight reflection from
the horizon should also be avoided in the case of a full-moon
or near full-moon.