The night sky has inspired us for generations. With the night comes dazzling pinpoints of light, and the Milky Way unfurled in luminous mystery. Nighttime views and environments are among the critical park features the National Park Service 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.
O Radiant Dark! O Starry Night!
Partnerships Expand Protection
The NPS and the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative are recognized for their partnership work with an award from Public Lands Alliance.
Signs of Spring in the Night Sky
Constellations that were visible in winter give way to different celestial features in the spring. Find constellations with these tips.
Last updated: April 16, 2018