NPCA's Park Advocate » stargazing News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:16:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Trivia Challenge: The Darkest National Parks in the United States Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:31:33 +0000 Q: Last week, the International Dark-Sky Association named a new dark-sky park—the seventh site in the U.S. National Park System that now holds that honor. This coveted designation recognizes not only excellent stargazing opportunities, but also superior night-sky stewardship through responsible lighting, public education, and community outreach. Can you name these seven U.S. national park sites […]]]> 5 10 Spectacular Parks for Stargazing Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:07:39 +0000 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 […]]]> 4 Destination Darkness Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:39:02 +0000 The Colorado Plateau stretches for 130,000 square miles across the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. The area is well-known for its red rock canyons, arches, and hoodoos, formed by wind erosion or carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The Colorado Plateau is also home to 27 national park […]]]> 0 Death Valley: This Land of Extremes Now Recognized for Its World-Class Night Skies Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:32:52 +0000 Death Valley National Park is renowned for its awe-inspiring landscape and its extreme temperatures and elevations. Five months ago, the region was officially recognized as the hottest place on Earth after a team of climate scientists verified the park’s historic high temperature of an incomprehensible 134 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s why it can come as a shock […]]]> 0 VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of “Death Valley Dreamlapse” Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:26:11 +0000 Last week, staff at NPCA escaped for a few minutes into the desert—virtually, at least—as we marveled at the latest video by Sunchaser Pictures, “Death Valley Dreamlapse” (below). Little did we know that the film crew captured these solitary dunes and spinning, swirling stars by traveling to a remote valley of the national park in […]]]> 0 Friday Photo: Stars Over Crater Lake Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:00:16 +0000 Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is known, of course, for its brilliant blue water–the lake is the deepest in the country, measuring nearly 2,000 feet to the bottom. Surrounded by a dramatic 20-mile ring of cliffs, this park is a mainstay for many vacationers, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Last month, photographer […]]]> 0 Author Shares His Love for the Darkest Skies and Most Brilliant Stars Wed, 30 May 2012 08:20:18 +0000 Paul Bogard has a great gig traveling around the world to ponder the darkness of night skies and the corresponding brilliance of millions of stars. Bogard, who is not an astronomer but a creative writing professor, was given a contract from preeminent publisher Little Brown to travel anywhere in the world for a year and […]]]> 1 View a “Ring of Fire” from National Parks This Sunday Wed, 16 May 2012 14:45:36 +0000 Making weekend plans? National park visitors in the Southwest and parts of California are in for a treat this Sunday, May 20: the first annular solar eclipse visible from North America since 1994. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the sun and the earth, creating a shadow that blocks the sun’s […]]]> 0 Friday Photo: Billions of Stars on View in the Lone Star State Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:11:48 +0000 Imagine looking up at the night sky to watch a seasonal meteor shower at your favorite national park, miles away from the bustle of the city, only to discover as your eyes adjust to the darkness that the stars are almost too faint to see. Light and air pollution have increasingly obscured our view of […]]]> 4