10 Spectacular Parks for Stargazing
Celebrate the Special Wonders of a Dark Sky
As the days get shorter, stargazers have more opportunities to celebrate the night—and national parks offer some of the darkest skies in the country.
If you have trouble seeing the stars from where you live, you’re not alone. Urban areas have become so bright that more than 80 percent of the U.S. population can no longer see the Milky Way from their front door. The National Park Service has its own Night Sky Team to help protect this diminishing resource.
Find a spot to enjoy the Perseid meteor shower next week, or a plan an awe-inspiring trip during the darker months for a glimpse of how the heavens looked before the dawn of electric light.
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About the Author
Lynn Davis, NPCA’s Nevada field office manager, will be at Great Basin’s Astronomy Festival in September “marveling at the Milky Way.” She laughs and says: “Who uses the word marvel unless you’re looking up in absolute wonder at a sky full of stars?”
About the Author
Jennifer Errick is managing editor of online communications at NPCA.
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