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Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park is a national park in the United States about 68 miles (109 km) west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico. The park preserves Fort Jefferson and the seven Dry Tortugas islands, the westernmost and most isolated of the Florida Keys. The archipelago’s coral reefs are the least disturbed of…read more »

Dry Tortugas National Park is a national park in the United States about 68 miles (109 km) west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico. The park preserves Fort Jefferson and the seven Dry Tortugas islands, the westernmost and most isolated of the Florida Keys. The archipelago’s coral reefs are the least disturbed of the Florida Keys reefs. A skywatcher said in 2016: “One of the darkest night sky regions on the U.S. East Coast, though you have to apply for a permit in advance to camp overnight. I don’t think many people know this place but, given little to no light pollution, it should be ideal for serious astrophotography and night sky observing.”

Deborah Byrd

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