Star Gazing Along the Byway

One can expect exceptionally dark skies along portions of the Byway. Much of the Sandhills is considered remote and sparsely populated, yielding high visibility of the night skies and awesome spectacles that the Milky Way Galaxy produces. Because of elevation around 2,500 feet and the dry nature of the region, the haze is low and the transparency high, creating excellent star gazing opportunities. The Prairie Astronomy Club of Nebraska holds its Nebraska Star Party at Merritt Reservoir (65 miles north of the Byway) during the new moon cycle in July each year.