Turn your gaze to Nevada’s night sky this month for a spectacular show featuring not one, but five, planets that will be visible to the naked eye! Look for Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus as they travel across the celestial sky in their natural order in our solar system. This is sure to be a delightful cosmic treat for anyone looking for a view of the incredible night sky in Nevada that comes around only once in a very long time!

Get ready for this show-stopper at the end of March to see five planets visible in Nevada for the first time since December 2004. Grab a hot cup of coffee and a blanket and make sure you get out in the Nevada desert to see this fantastic event that you won’t want to miss!

Nevada’s vast and wonderful landscape is the perfect setting for star gazing up at the night sky in Nevada. Visit the Tonopah Stargazing Park for some of the most spectacular night skies in the country!

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Stargazing in Nevada

Where is the best place to go stargazing in Nevada?

Nevada is best known for the glitz and glamor of the Vegas Strip, which one would think is the worst place for stargazing. But just a few miles out from perhaps the brightest place in the world are some of the darkest places in the world. The Nevada desert is the best place to go stargazing in Nevada, and here are a few locations you won't want to miss:

  • Tonopah Stargazing Park: The Clair Blackburn Memorial Stargazing Park in Tonopah is a magical place to experience the heavens above. It was originally designated as a place for professional astronomers to study the stars but it is open to anyone who is interested in the infinite expanse above our heads.
  • The Massacre Rim Dark Sky Sanctuary, Washoe County, NV: This wilderness study area is a beautiful wide open landscape perfect for night sky viewing. As a designated Dark Sky Park it is one of the very few locations on earth that have very little unnatural light pollution. It is located where Nevada borders California and Oregon, so it is easily accessible from all three states.
  • Great Basin National Park, Eastern Nevada: Along the border with Utah is another Dark Sky Park in Nevada. The International Dark Sky Association choose this location in 2016 as one of the darkest places on earth. If you have never experienced the night sky from a dark sky park, it is definitely worth planning a road trip - the views are breathtaking.


Nevada is one of the best states to enjoy a night sky filled with celestial wonders. Even if an area has not been designated as a dark sky area, there are numerous places in the Nevada desert and its state parks where stargazing can be an incredible experience.