The night sky has inspired generations for millennia. With the night comes dazzling pinpoints of light, and the Milky Way unfurled in luminous mystery. Nighttime views and environments are components of the critical resources the National Park Service protects. Night sky protection enhances wilderness qualities of solitude, naturalness, and untrammeled, undeveloped character that animals depend on for survival, park visitors seek for connections, and many cultural-historical parks require for preservation. In this regard, the NPS recognizes a naturally dark night sky as more than a scenic resource; it is part of a complex ecosystem that supports both natural and cultural resources.