Grand Canyon National Park Receives “Dark Sky” Status

What the heck is a dark sky status? It's definitely a good thing...

Dark sky status… does that mean you can’t see anything at night?!

Actually, having a dark sky status is a good thing. The Grand Canyon National Park is the latest to receive the certification after pushing it for 3 years.

A park that has a dark sky status means they restrict artificial light pollution from nearby lighting fixtures. Why is that good? Well, just see for yourself:

Artificial light from the ground can significantly affect how humans view the night sky. The lower the artificial light there is, the more of the sky you can see.

As you can see in the picture above, the night sky is meant to be a direct-look into space, and that’s about as close you’re going to get to the real thing.

The main factor that earned them this feat is the amount of dark sky-friendly lights around the park, to which officials said will reach 5,000 by the end of this year. That’s 90% of all the fixtures in the park.

To celebrate the certification, the park will hold a ceremony on the morning of June 22, so park-goers can prepare for the breathtaking sky at night. 

So hey, if you’re planning a road trip, you have to see the Grand Canyon at night!

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Mateo Valdez

Hi! This is Mateo Valdez, current co-host of the Morning Beat with Steve since April 1st, 2019. Articles seen here can also be heard live at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 AM during the Morning Beat every weekday, Monday-Friday.