Old Faithful seen by starlight. CREDIT TYLER NORDGREN

Editor’s note: This story originally aired on April 11th, 2014. 

An exhibit opening this weekend at the University of Wyoming Art Museum is among the first major displays of astrophotography as art. ‘Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography’ is a dazzling exhibition, ranging from night skies and landscapes to deep space photography.

Of course, to see and photograph the stars takes a dark sky, something that’s endangered in the modern world. Astronomer and artist Tyler Nordgren is a night sky ambassador and the author of ‘Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks.’ Nordgren spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer about why seeing the stars matters.



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