Dark Skies – A village with less than 100 residents year-round is a village with pretty minimal light pollution, making Copper Harbor an excellent dark skies destination. Stargazing and viewing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is possible from pretty much anywhere in town, and defiantly the outskirts of town make for fabulous lookouts. Arguably though, the top of Brockway Mountain may be the ultimate lookout, especially when there is not much moonlight present. The Milky Way, along with a stunning number of other constellations, can clearly be observed.
Endless Sunsets – Along the line of dark skies, are sunsets. “Where is the best sunset?” is one of visitor’s most FAQ, and here’s the inside scoop… Some of the best places to enjoy a fabulous sunset include: the top of Brockway Mountain, Hunter’s Point, Lake Manganese and Horseshoe Harbor. And another insider’s scoop? The best part is after the sun has disappeared below the horizon – that’s when the colors really pop, often providing a colorful show for a full half-hour or so. And since we’re on the topic, some of the best places to enjoy a sunrise include: “the nose” of Brockway Mountain and the 3rd Street Memorial viewing deck.
Observing the Skies – Lake Superior creates it’s own weather and the unique clouds and storms that go with it. Watch the skies for unusual. The fog bow pictured above is a rare phenomenon when a bow appears in fog rather than rain. This one happened over Copper Harbor!