Darkness in Death Valley

The Milky Way over the Racetrack Playa. Photo by Dan Duriscoe
The Milky Way over the Racetrack Playa. Photo by Dan Duriscoe

Death Valley National Park has earned recognition from the International Dark-Sky Association as one of the last bastions of true darkness.

“Death Valley is a place to gaze in awe at the expanse of the Milky Way, follow a lunar eclipse, track a meteor shower, or simply reflect on your place in the universe,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, in a press release on the Park’s website. “We greatly appreciate the International Dark-Sky Association certification. It illustrates the park’s commitment to protect natural darkness and supports the wider mission to protect nightscapes in the entire National Park System.”

 

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