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A Dark Sky Shines Bright At Chaco Canyon

There are almost 100 miles of rural uninhabited land surrounding Chaco Culture National Historic Park in North Western New Mexico. The area has long been known as an epic place to view the wonders of the night sky. On Thursday, the park is celebrating it’s designation as an International Dark Sky Park. With virutally zero light pollution around, once the sun sinks below the horizon, visitors are engulfed in utter darkness.

There are almost 100 miles of rural uninhabited land surrounding Chaco Culture National Historic Park in North Western New Mexico. The area has long been known as an epic place to view the wonders of the night sky. On Thursday, the park is celebrating it’s designation as an International Dark Sky Park.

With virutally zero light pollution around, once the sun sinks below the horizon, visitors are engulfed in utter darkness.

Christine Czazasty is the Chief of Interpretation at CCNHP and said that in order to receive the Dark Sky Designation, they had to come up with a light management plan which caused them to retrofit the very few outdoor lights they have.

Read the full article at:  kumn.org  – Photograph source: National Park Service

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