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Death Valley NP To Host Dark Sky Program

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Date: January 28, 2013

Death Valley National Park and the Las Vegas Astronomical Society will co-host a Dark Sky Program on Friday and Saturday, February 8-9, 2013.The event will begin around dusk each evening at the Furnace Creek Airport just north of the Furnace Creek Ranch on Highway 190.National Park Rangers will be viewing the night sky with their telescopes from 7-9 pm each night as part of Death Valley National Park's Dark Night Sky series.

The programs will consist of an informative "Tonight's Sky" tour to orient participants to what is visible in the sky each night beginning around 8pm.They will point out constellations and explain celestial phenomena in easy to understand language.In addition, solar viewing at the Furnace Creek General Store will take place from 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday. Families are welcome.

Death Valley National Park is pursuing an International Dark Sky Park designation to bring attention to its world-class night sky features. The application will be considered by the International Dark Sky Association based in Tucson, AZ. Only two other National Park Service units have achieved this designation to date, Natural Bridges National Monument and Big Bend National Park.

Come enjoy the crystal clear desert skies in Death Valley National Park...a rare treasure. For additional information please contact Cheryl Chipman at 760-786-3207 or visit our listing of ranger programs on the website at http://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/tours.htm.

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