The Rangeley Lakes region encompasses six large lakes renowned for fishing, including the fun-sounding Mooselookmeguntic Lake, the fourth largest lake in Maine, and hundreds of other smaller lakes and streams.
One of the simplest yet most awe-inspiring joys of being in Rangeley is the dark night sky. Far from the lights of a major population center, it explodes with celestial bodies. Many visitors are amazed by the brilliance of the Milky Way, shooting stars, and other cosmic wonders visible with the naked eye.
As the world’s population grows and fills the evening sky with more and more artificial light, dark skies are becoming harder to find. This makes Rangeley’s skies a unique and potentially valuable natural asset.
A group of Rangeley residents is working to preserve it with help from Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust (RLHT). The group hopes to make Rangeley New England’s first International Dark Sky Community, certified by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!