Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dark Skies Utah

Dark Skies of Utah - a Timelapseworkshops.com Collaborative Film from Ron Risman on Vimeo.

Utah, United States—one of the best places in North America for outdoor adventures, and especially for stargazing. With five National Parks, it is well-known for true wilderness experience.

The wilderness isn't all that contributes to the night sky experience you can have. Many cities such as Kayenta and Eagle Mountain have or are considering light ordinances which protect the natural dark skies. Steps are being taken, as the population grows, to preserve the night sky for generations to come.

Natural Bridges National Park, featured in the above film, has been named the first official "Dark-Sky Park" in the United States by the International Dark Sky Association. This kind of protection for the night skies has become a tourist draw for the park, and they now offer night hikes for those wishing to explore a view which many in our light-polluted society may never see.

The sight of the Milky Way doesn't need to be foreign. Even though only 1/3 of U.S. residents can see it, the stars haven't gone anywhere, and you don't need to travel to see them. Make a push for dark skies in your community. It can be more than Dark Skies Utah—it can be a Dark Skies World.