Kartchner Caverns awarded dark-sky status

Published on : Friday, September 1, 2017

Kartchner-CavernsAlways renowned for its pitch-dark interiors after its lights go out, Kartchner Caverns is a famous state park of Arizona that is currently recognized for its exterior darkness as well.


Kartchner Caverns State Park had been named as International Dark-Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association.


It is the only second state park to earn such a prestigious status.


The designation had been announced on 31st August. And it compliments the attempts of Kartchner to maintain the essence of outdoor lightning that does not interfere with the view of the night sky. It is quite common to notice the Milky Way outstretched across the horizon, partially in a way that it blocks the glare from Tucson’s lights.


Scott Feierabend who is the executive director of IDA said that they are glad with the way the state park of Arizona has developed into an integral part of the world’s brand new International Dark Sky Park.


On 9th September, at around 2 p.m., Kartchner is arranging for a dark-sky celebration.


The speakers at this event would be representing the park and also the IDSA. Since the sky would be filled with intense light, solar telescopes would be set up for people eager to peer at the sun, ensuring they adhere to the safety rules.


Kartchner Caverns is among the over 50 Dark-Sky Parks all across the globe as has been named by the Tucson-based group aimed to battling light pollution.


In the year 2014, Oracle State Park had earned the designation and it became the very first Arizona State Park to do so.


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