Thursday, March 22, 2012

Keep These Dates!

For any place west of the Mississippi, Sunday May 20, 2012 is the Annular Solar Eclipse.
For the entire U.S., Tuesday June 5, 2012 is the last chance to see the Transit of Venus in our lifetimes!

The U.S. National Park Service has created a website just these events. Check it out!  Many parks will have evening star gazing programs after these events as well, so make sure to visit the park's website for event information or go to the website for a national calendar of park events.

NASA also has some great websites for these stellar events:
NASA Night Sky Network
NASA, NPS and USFWS joint website Earth To Sky
NASA Sun Earth Day where you can catch a live viewing of the transit on June 5th and see their national calendar of events.

For all things related to the Transit of Venus click here.

Remember to protect your eyes with approved solar filters during these events. Both the Transit of Venus website and the NPS Annular Eclipse websites have how to view the sun safely information.

It's Official! Big Bend National Park is a Dark Sky Park

February 2012, Big Bend National Park was awarded Dark Sky Park designation by the International Dark-Sky Association! Read all about it here.

Congratulations Big Bend! Keep those skies dark!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

West Texans Keeping their Skies dark!

See the new Starstruck article about west Texans keeping their night skies dark. The article mentions Big Bend National Park dark sky preserving efforts and how the park is in a region known for great stargazing!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Stars? What stars?

Are you tired of looking up at the sky and seeing nothing but the glow of city lights?
The National Park Service can help with that! Many national parks are the last refuges for dark starry night skies. Park rangers and dedicated volunteers are connecting thousands of visitors, like you with the night sky.

Did you know we have international dark sky preserves? The first park to be designated a Dark Sky Park is Natural Bridges National Monument in southeastern Utah.

The next time you visit a park, think about camping overnight and catching a sky full of stars!