Preserving Natural Darkness
With over 80% of humans within the United States living in urban communities under the orange tint of sky glow from artificial lights, seeing a night sky untouched by anthropogenic light is a rare experience. As more research emerges, the loss of our view of the night sky is not the only effect of artificial light at night. It is also affecting human health and adding to stressors on flora and fauna worldwide.
The National Park Service's Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division promotes the preservation of natural darkness within Southeast Utah's National Parks.
Moab Dark Skies
To promote the appreciation and preservation of Moab’s unique and rare dark skies.
The Goals of Moab Dark Skies are to:
- To maintain and preserve the dark skies in the Moab region.
- To encourage night sky friendly for municipal, business, and private use.
- To increase public awareness of the unique resource in Moab’s dark skies.
- To provide dark sky educational opportunities and events for the community.
- To promote the economic benefits of astrotourism in the local economy.
The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks supports preserving the night sky within the Southeastern Utah Group of National Parks and works closely with the National Park's Dark Skies Program.
Moab Dark Skies began as a cooperative working group created by the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks, National Park Service, State of Utah's Department of Natural Resources, and Moab community leaders.
During the spring, summer, and fall months, Southeast Utah National Parks provides astronomy based night sky programs under a star-filled sky. Moab Dark Skies works with the National Park Service, community businesses, groups, and organizations in sponsoring night sky programs geared towards educating the residents and visitors of the importance of preserving our view of the night sky and protecting the ecosystems that surround our community.
Watch this video on the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative.
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