The night sky has inspired us for generations. Nighttime views and environments are among the critical park features the National Park Service (NPS) protects. Night sky protection enhances qualities of solitude and undeveloped wilderness character that animals depend on for survival, park visitors seek for connections, and many cultural-historical parks require for preservation. In this regard, the NPS recognizes a naturally dark night sky as more than a scenic canvas; it is part of a complex ecosystem that supports both natural and cultural resources.
Protecting the Night
A Star-Filled Night
Stellar stargazing places are becoming more and more rare. This interactive story map shows how we protect night skies for our enjoyment.
Night Sky Footage
Many national parks offer spectacular night sky views. These videos showcase this wonder and related aspects of night sky protection.
Stargazing Spotlight: Chaco Culture NHP
Amidst an ancient landscape, visitors can experience the same dark sky that the Chacoans observed a thousand years ago.
Last updated: June 3, 2019