Places where you can really see the night sky are fading, says Black Canyon interpretive ranger Randy Dunning, who is originally from Las Vegas, one of the most light-polluted cities in the country. The sky is rather boring there, but that is how people there will know the skies. I think that is sad.
Black Canyon, on the other hand, is one of the darkest national parks in the nation, Dunning says. To help people see the light, the park is hosting a series of Dark Sky programs on most Wednesday and Friday nights through the summer. The programs take place at the parks South Rim Campground Amphitheatre; they start at 9 p.m. with a slide show and include constellation tours and telescopic viewing of stars and galaxies.
For more information, call the park at 1-970-249-1914 or log on to http://www.nps.gov/blca.
Wed., June 9, 9 p.m.; Wed., June 16, 9 p.m.; Wed., June 30, 9 p.m.; Wed., July 7, 9 p.m.; Wed., July 14, 9 p.m.; Wed., July 28, 9 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 4, 9 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 11, 9 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 18, 9 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 25, 9 p.m., 2010