In many neighborhoods and outlying areas of Santa Fe, a brilliant light show of stars and planets spills across the night sky as a clear and constant reminder of our unique place in the universe. Summertime offers a particularly beautiful window on the cosmos: a time when the ghostly form of the Milky Way is dramatically displayed and distant star clusters are visible to the naked eye.
Despite the prominence of the cosmos for many New Mexicans, a lot of us teens probably share much of the larger nation’s disinterest and ignorance as to the night sky’s scientific and cultural values. It hasn’t always been this way. Forty-five years ago, the mysteries and wonders of the universe held more prominent standing among American youth.