July 1, 2022

Guided Stargazing – A New Activity for Dark Sky Parks

Guided stargazing involves lying on your back in a relaxed position and immersing yourself in the night sky for at least half an hour, observing the stars. An audio file guides your gaze and helps you experience the fascinating process of the eye’s dark a...

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May 1, 2022

Great Basin National Heritage Area

The Great Basin National Heritage Area was designated by Congress in 2006 and includes White Pine County, Nevada; Millard County, Utah; and the Ely Shoshone, Duckwater Shoshone, Goshute and Utah Kanosh-Paiute nations.

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Guided stargazing involves lying on your back in a relaxed position and immersing yourself in the night sky for at least half an hour, observing the stars. An audio file guides your gaze and helps you experience the fascinating process of the eye’s dark a
Guided Stargazing – A New Activity for Dark Sky Parks

Guided Stargazing – A New Activity for Dark Sky Parks

Guided stargazing involves lying on your back in a relaxed position and immersing yourself in the night sky for at least half an hour, observing the stars. An audio file guides your gaze and helps you experience the fascinating process of the eye’s dark a...

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Areas that are far away from city lights and that also have interesting landscapes make the Basin and Range Dark Sky Cooperative region exceptional for astrophotography. Shooting in the BRDSC offers an incredible amount of opportunity for nightscape shoot
An astrophotographer’s perspective on protecting dark skies

An astrophotographer’s perspective on protecting dark skies

Areas that are far away from city lights and that also have interesting landscapes make the Basin and Range Dark Sky Cooperative region exceptional for astrophotography. Shooting in the BRDSC offers an incredible amount of opportunity for nightscape shoot...

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The Great Basin National Heritage Area was designated by Congress in 2006 and includes White Pine County, Nevada; Millard County, Utah; and the Ely Shoshone, Duckwater Shoshone, Goshute and Utah Kanosh-Paiute nations.
Great Basin National Heritage Area

Great Basin National Heritage Area

The Great Basin National Heritage Area was designated by Congress in 2006 and includes White Pine County, Nevada; Millard County, Utah; and the Ely Shoshone, Duckwater Shoshone, Goshute and Utah Kanosh-Paiute nations.

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Light pollution from satellites and space junk may soon rival skyglow from the Earth’s cities.
Satellite Light Pollution: Is The Sky Really Falling?

Satellite Light Pollution: Is The Sky Really Falling?

Light pollution from satellites and space junk may soon rival skyglow from the Earth’s cities.

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The Institute of Outdoor Recreation & Tourism at USU becomes new home to the Western Dark Sky Cooperatives
Announcing a New Home for the Dark Sky Cooperatives

Announcing a New Home for the Dark Sky Cooperatives

The Institute of Outdoor Recreation & Tourism at USU becomes new home to the Western Dark Sky Cooperatives

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The National Park Service created the Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Division 20 years ago to inventory natural resources and monitor some of those resources over time.
The Mojave Desert Inventory and Monitoring Network

The Mojave Desert Inventory and Monitoring Network

The National Park Service created the Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Division 20 years ago to inventory natural resources and monitor some of those resources over time.

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Studying the details of the natural landscape and the night sky, and the processes of their formation, became my principal focus of interest.
A Career Observing Nature

A Career Observing Nature

Studying the details of the natural landscape and the night sky, and the processes of their formation, became my principal focus of interest.

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Studying the details of the natural landscape and the night sky, and the processes of their formation, became my principal focus of interest.
A Career Observing Nature

A Career Observing Nature

Studying the details of the natural landscape and the night sky, and the processes of their formation, became my principal focus of interest.

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The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was passed in 1969 requiring federal decision makers to fully consider the environmental impacts of a proposed action.
Why NEPA matters and what does it have to do with the night sky?

Why NEPA matters and what does it have to do with the night sky?

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was passed in 1969 requiring federal decision makers to fully consider the environmental impacts of a proposed action.

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The Japanese say that there is not a man in the full moon, but a rabbit. It is much easier to see a rabbit than a man. Similarly, we can learn to see the rabbit in our obstacles. Viewing challenges in different ways can help us get past them.
Finding the Rabbit in the Moon: Tips for a Successful Dark Sky Application

Finding the Rabbit in the Moon: Tips for a Successful Dark Sky Application

The Japanese say that there is not a man in the full moon, but a rabbit. It is much easier to see a rabbit than a man. Similarly, we can learn to see the rabbit in our obstacles. Viewing challenges in different ways can help us get past them.

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Why is using artificial light sources to light up landscapes, rock formations, or other park features prohibited at parks such as Arches National Park?
Park After Dark: Considerations for Courteous & Responsible Nighttime Visitation

Park After Dark: Considerations for Courteous & Responsible Nighttime Visitation

Why is using artificial light sources to light up landscapes, rock formations, or other park features prohibited at parks such as Arches National Park?

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Dark skies are integral to my mental health and well being. Growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I only knew perfectly clear night skies, flickering stars, fluorescent galaxies, and dancing auroras. Looking up to the sky after closing time let my min
Anchored to the Cosmos

Anchored to the Cosmos

Dark skies are integral to my mental health and well being. Growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I only knew perfectly clear night skies, flickering stars, fluorescent galaxies, and dancing auroras. Looking up to the sky after closing time let my min...

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To celebrate its new position as the world leader in dark sky preservation, Governor Spencer Cox of Utah declared April 2021 as “Utah Dark Sky Month.”
Dark Sky Month

Dark Sky Month

To celebrate its new position as the world leader in dark sky preservation, Governor Spencer Cox of Utah declared April 2021 as “Utah Dark Sky Month.”

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Shooting night skies is a special experience because it allows me to capture the brilliance of the universe in a photograph and bring forth a volume of light that may not be seen so simply by the naked eye.
Documenting the Universe

Documenting the Universe

Shooting night skies is a special experience because it allows me to capture the brilliance of the universe in a photograph and bring forth a volume of light that may not be seen so simply by the naked eye.

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NNL’s are natural sites found across the country that best illustrate the nations biological and geological heritage. Landmark sites are deemed nationally significant based on their outstanding condition, illustrative character, rarity, diversity and valu
The National Natural Landmarks Program

The National Natural Landmarks Program

NNL’s are natural sites found across the country that best illustrate the nations biological and geological heritage. Landmark sites are deemed nationally significant based on their outstanding condition, illustrative character, rarity, diversity and valu...

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Policy matters. Advocacy works. We must use our voices to speak loudly together for continued dark sky protection in Utah and beyond. I encourage anyone who loves the night skies to get involved and become an advocate.
Policy Matters. Advocacy Works.

Policy Matters. Advocacy Works.

Policy matters. Advocacy works. We must use our voices to speak loudly together for continued dark sky protection in Utah and beyond. I encourage anyone who loves the night skies to get involved and become an advocate.

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The Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division (NSNSD) is located within the Natural Resources Stewardship and Science Directorate of the United States National Park Service. The NPS Organic Act, Management Policies and Director’s Orders provide NSNSD with a
Measuring & Treasuring our Night Skies

Measuring & Treasuring our Night Skies

The Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division (NSNSD) is located within the Natural Resources Stewardship and Science Directorate of the United States National Park Service. The NPS Organic Act, Management Policies and Director’s Orders provide NSNSD with a...

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If you’ve visited a National Park, National Monument, BLM or Forest Service visitor center or book store on public lands, chances are you’ve met a “Cooperating Association” – a nonprofit partner of a public land agency working in support of education, sci
Supporting Public Lands Across the Colorado Plateau

Supporting Public Lands Across the Colorado Plateau

If you’ve visited a National Park, National Monument, BLM or Forest Service visitor center or book store on public lands, chances are you’ve met a “Cooperating Association” – a nonprofit partner of a public land agency working in support of education, sci...

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For the majority of us, what we see of the night sky from where we live is a partial reality. In fact, most of humanity is now living under a lesser version of the natural night sky without even realizing what has been lost. If you are reading this, you m
Show me the data: lighting inventory innovations

Show me the data: lighting inventory innovations

For the majority of us, what we see of the night sky from where we live is a partial reality. In fact, most of humanity is now living under a lesser version of the natural night sky without even realizing what has been lost. If you are reading this, you m...

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To provide a platform for sharing resources and information, increasing dialogue, and providing mutual support for the diverse groups of night sky conservation advocates throughout the Western United States, the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative in pa
Introducing: The Western Night Skies Council

Introducing: The Western Night Skies Council

To provide a platform for sharing resources and information, increasing dialogue, and providing mutual support for the diverse groups of night sky conservation advocates throughout the Western United States, the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative in pa...

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Los Alamos is a small town of some 20,000 residents in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The town is well known for being home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and is bordered to the south and west by two National Park System units:
A high-tech town strives to shine less brightly

A high-tech town strives to shine less brightly

Los Alamos is a small town of some 20,000 residents in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The town is well known for being home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and is bordered to the south and west by two National Park System units: ...

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The University of Utah is home to a unique transdisciplinary academic program – the newly developed Dark Sky Studies (DSS) Minor, recently approved by the Utah Board of Regents.
Introducing: Dark Sky Studies at the University of Utah

Introducing: Dark Sky Studies at the University of Utah

The University of Utah is home to a unique transdisciplinary academic program – the newly developed Dark Sky Studies (DSS) Minor, recently approved by the Utah Board of Regents.

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Many people don’t realize that most songbirds that migrate do so at night. It isn’t something we think about as we lie in bed, but on a given spring night there could be hundreds, or even millions of birds flying high above us through the dark sky.
Birds Need Darkness Too

Birds Need Darkness Too

Many people don’t realize that most songbirds that migrate do so at night. It isn’t something we think about as we lie in bed, but on a given spring night there could be hundreds, or even millions of birds flying high above us through the dark sky.

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The kid grew up in the town of Kanab, Utah. Well, he tried to “grow up” but never could get the hang of it. His decade older sister calls him “The mean widdle kid” – a reference to a role played by comedian Red Skelton.
The Kid Who Can’t Grow Up and Doesn’t Want To

The Kid Who Can’t Grow Up and Doesn’t Want To

The kid grew up in the town of Kanab, Utah. Well, he tried to “grow up” but never could get the hang of it. His decade older sister calls him “The mean widdle kid” – a reference to a role played by comedian Red Skelton.

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Mayor Peterman reached out to the University of Utah to build a partnership and work together to conserve the town’s rural night sky. Through this valuable partnership, Helper will receive important resources, knowledge, and technology while students will
It Takes a Community

It Takes a Community

Mayor Peterman reached out to the University of Utah to build a partnership and work together to conserve the town’s rural night sky. Through this valuable partnership, Helper will receive important resources, knowledge, and technology while students will...

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Nevada Northern Railway’s Star Train offers a truly unique experience. On select summer evenings, the Star Train pulls out of Ely to take visitors on a journey to experience what our ancestors saw when they looked up into the night sky hundreds of years a
All Aboard the Star Train!

All Aboard the Star Train!

Nevada Northern Railway’s Star Train offers a truly unique experience. On select summer evenings, the Star Train pulls out of Ely to take visitors on a journey to experience what our ancestors saw when they looked up into the night sky hundreds of years a...

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Imagine yourself on a warm summer night camping far from city lights. The night is dark, but the sky glows subtly with points, veils, and occasional streaks of light. Over the course of a few hours, you watch as these sources of light move across the sky.
The Importance of Cultural Astronomy

The Importance of Cultural Astronomy

Imagine yourself on a warm summer night camping far from city lights. The night is dark, but the sky glows subtly with points, veils, and occasional streaks of light. Over the course of a few hours, you watch as these sources of light move across the sky....

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There are certain sections on the reservation where new constructions are permitted but the rest of the 122,000 acres remains untouched. The Paiute are caretakers of the land because we come from the land, live off the land, and then go back to the land.
A Cultural Connectedness to the Night Sky

A Cultural Connectedness to the Night Sky

There are certain sections on the reservation where new constructions are permitted but the rest of the 122,000 acres remains untouched. The Paiute are caretakers of the land because we come from the land, live off the land, and then go back to the land....

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My grandpa named the town after my grandma when the U.S. Postmaster General sent back his application for post office names (Schnebly Station and Oak Creek Crossing were too long to fit on the Arizona Territory cancellation stamp). Sedona was rather embar
Sedona’s Grandson: How Sedona Arizona got its name and other musings

Sedona’s Grandson: How Sedona Arizona got its name and other musings

My grandpa named the town after my grandma when the U.S. Postmaster General sent back his application for post office names (Schnebly Station and Oak Creek Crossing were too long to fit on the Arizona Territory cancellation stamp). Sedona was rather embar...

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Natural night sky environments are restorative inspirational places for people and are essential for all living things on our planet. In today’s developed world there are very few places where we can access a truly natural night sky.
Introducing the Basin and Range Dark Sky Cooperative

Introducing the Basin and Range Dark Sky Cooperative

Natural night sky environments are restorative inspirational places for people and are essential for all living things on our planet. In today’s developed world there are very few places where we can access a truly natural night sky.

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A century ago, star-filled night skies were taken for granted. Today, our night skies are imperiled and our national parks are among the few places we can see the stars as our ancestors did.
The Great Basin Observatory

The Great Basin Observatory

A century ago, star-filled night skies were taken for granted. Today, our night skies are imperiled and our national parks are among the few places we can see the stars as our ancestors did.

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The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, following direction from the 2019 Utah Legislative session (House Concurrent Resolution 4), has launched a new initiative aimed at getting kids outdoors to enjoy nature and realize the benefits of being active.
The Every Kid Outdoors Initiative

The Every Kid Outdoors Initiative

The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, following direction from the 2019 Utah Legislative session (House Concurrent Resolution 4), has launched a new initiative aimed at getting kids outdoors to enjoy nature and realize the benefits of being active.

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Dark Skies Paonia is a 501c3 non-profit organization working towards the goal of International Dark Sky Community Certification for the Town of Paonia, Colorado. Dark Skies Paonia was formed by a group of community members who enjoy the night sky but are
Dark Skies Paonia

Dark Skies Paonia

Dark Skies Paonia is a 501c3 non-profit organization working towards the goal of International Dark Sky Community Certification for the Town of Paonia, Colorado. Dark Skies Paonia was formed by a group of community members who enjoy the night sky but are ...

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Humans have always altered the natural world to better meet our needs and wants. Indeed, many other species alter the physical environment to create better conditions. These animals are called ecosystem engineers.
Light, Planning, and Biophilia

Light, Planning, and Biophilia

Humans have always altered the natural world to better meet our needs and wants. Indeed, many other species alter the physical environment to create better conditions. These animals are called ecosystem engineers.

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How cool would it be to create a facility in Kanab, Utah, for students, residents and visitors to learn about the wonders of outer space, and to see, maybe even for the very first time, what’s really out there?
Residents Pursue Astronomical Observatory for Kanab

Residents Pursue Astronomical Observatory for Kanab

How cool would it be to create a facility in Kanab, Utah, for students, residents and visitors to learn about the wonders of outer space, and to see, maybe even for the very first time, what’s really out there?

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In modern astronomy, the International Astronomical Union officially recognizes 88 constellations. 42 represent animals, 29 represent inanimate objects, and 17 represent humans or mythological characters.
The 88 Constellations & Their Brightest Stars

The 88 Constellations & Their Brightest Stars

In modern astronomy, the International Astronomical Union officially recognizes 88 constellations. 42 represent animals, 29 represent inanimate objects, and 17 represent humans or mythological characters.

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Amazing Earthfest is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Kanab, Utah, established in 2007 to produce an annual public festival celebrating National and State Parks, National Forests, Monuments and Public Lands of the Colorado Plateau, delivering exper
13th annual Amazing Earthfest in Kanab to host five Moon and Star Parties May 11 – 17, 2019!

13th annual Amazing Earthfest in Kanab to host five Moon and Star Parties May 11 – 17, 2019!

Amazing Earthfest is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Kanab, Utah, established in 2007 to produce an annual public festival celebrating National and State Parks, National Forests, Monuments and Public Lands of the Colorado Plateau, delivering exper...

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IDA is dedicated to protecting the night skies for present and future generations with goals to advocate for the protection of the night sky, educate the public and policymakers about night sky conservation, promote environmentally responsible outdoor lig
IDA Chapters & Networking

IDA Chapters & Networking

IDA is dedicated to protecting the night skies for present and future generations with goals to advocate for the protection of the night sky, educate the public and policymakers about night sky conservation, promote environmentally responsible outdoor lig...

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Dark Skies of the Wet Mountain Valley was founded in 1999 with the primary purpose of limiting light pollution of the night sky in the towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, CO. After many years spent diligently working with and educating the local communi
Finding Peace Under Dark Skies

Finding Peace Under Dark Skies

Dark Skies of the Wet Mountain Valley was founded in 1999 with the primary purpose of limiting light pollution of the night sky in the towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, CO. After many years spent diligently working with and educating the local communi...