Bring on the night, say National Park visitors in new study

6 September 2015 Astronomy Now

Natural wonders like tumbling waterfalls, jutting rock faces and banks of wildflowers have long drawn visitors to national parks and inspired efforts to protect their beauty. According to an American study published 4 September in Park Science, visitors also value and seek to protect a different kind of threatened natural resource in the parks: dark nighttime skies.


Canyonlands granted Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Park status

1 September 2015 Astronomy Now

The Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah, USA is visited by more than 400,000 people each year. The International Dark-Sky Association has now granted Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Park status to Canyonlands, an honour reserved for the darkest of dark skies and the most stunning of starscapes.