Night Sky Videos and Podcasts

Our national parks provide scenic views of some our country's most unique landscapes, and opportunities to explore the dark night skies. Poor air quality and light pollution affect not only the health of our planet and ecosystem, but the way we enjoy our national parks.

The following media provide a spectrum of reflections on the wonder and value of clear dark skies, and information about light pollution's impact on viewsheds and ecosystems. Be inspired. Make a difference!

View of bat calls on echo locator device
Unsung Heroes of the Night
Unsung Heroes of the Night

A bat inventory gives front row views of biologists weighing, measuring, and inspecting Big Brown bats at the BioBlitz2016 Bat Inventory in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.
A ranger with Dead Horse State Park looks through a telescope for a view to the night sky.
Clear Air and Magnificent Skies

In this video, hear from the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative and learn more about the way our viewsheds and night skies are being impacted and what we can do to protect them.

Special thanks to Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, Dead Horse Point State Park, and the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative
Close view of a brown bat with White Nose Syndrome
It's All About Bats
It's All About Bats

National Park Service wildlife veterinarian Michelle Verant shares expertise on bats and White Nose Syndrome, and engages with BioBlitz participants at the NPS Centennial celebration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., May 2016.
View of rope rigging, oars and the deck of a boat
Mālama Honua

Mālama Honua

Crew members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, an NPS environmental mission partner, discuss traditional wayfinding, oceanic conservation, and cultural heritage as part of BioBlitz2016; Washington Canoe Club, D.C.

An infrared camera captures this turtle hatchling as it crawls from its nest in the sand to the sea.
Outside Science (inside Parks) — Teens and Turtles at Gulf Island National Seashore
Outside Science (inside Parks) —Teens and Turtles at Gulf Island National Seashore

When sea turtles hatch in areas with lots of light pollution, they can get disoriented and not make it into the ocean. This episode tracks the young volunteers in the Pensacola Florida area working to help turtles make it to the sea.
Sky glow from light pollution is visible on the horizon, and impacts night sky viewsheds.
The Night Sky at Teddy Roosevelt National Park

The night sky is one of the resources at Theodore Roosevelt National Park that are becoming more rare and precious as our country develops. Ranger Kate explains why the night sky is important to her, and why we need to focus special attention on preserving this amazing piece of heritage.
Boy stands with dog under starry night
The Day the Lights Went Out

The Day the Lights Went Out

In this fabled tale, an artist laments the loss of clear, starry nights to city lights and urban pollution. A Madhouse Video Production in collaboration with No Barriers Youth. Written by Rob Seiffert

Silhouetted trees frame this starry night sky view
Night Sky - Grand Canyon in Depth / Episode 4

Night Sky — Grand Canyon in Depth / Episode 4

Journey to a place where the Milky Way stretches across the heavens. Experience the mystery and wonder of Grand Canyon's night sky with Astronomer Tyler Nordgren and Park Ranger Rader Lane. Explore its beauty and learn what you can do to help preserve it.

Bill Nye, spokesperson and CEO of The Planetary Society, supports 100 Years of our National Parks and the importance of dark skies
Bill Nye and 100 Years of our National Parks

Bill Nye and 100 Years of our National Parks

The Planetary Society wants citizens everywhere to know the cosmos and our place within it. 2016 is the one hundredth anniversary of the National Park Service. For 100 years the Park Service has been preserving our natural wonders so that we can go to the parks... and wonder! This wonder is what drives so much of science.

Two park rangers discuss what they can do about the loss of their night sky viewsheds to light pollution
The Night Sky Threatened

The Night Sky Threatened

When two rangers investigate light pollution around Theodore Roosevelt National Park, they are surprised by the difference that good design and planning can make, but they are even more surprised by the natural phenomenon that, by chance, unfolds behind them.