Grand Canyon – Now A Dark Sky Park!
While I was at the Grand Canyon Star Party this June (see my post here), they announced that the park had received provisional status as an International Dark Sky Park. This is a BIG deal! Why, you ask? Because the Grand Canyon is such a big park! Every single light fixture in the park had to be located and documented to see if it met the International Dark Sky Association’s rigorous standards. It took a couple years, but they did it. Over 5,000 fixtures were cataloged, 2,000 of which are compliant with the IDSA’s requirements. That means that 3,000 are not and will have to be changed out/upgraded. They have 3 years to accomplish this.
anacin online 2014 During the week long star party CBS came and videoed for a segment they would broadcast on their morning show. That segmented was preempted twice this summer by breaking news but was finally aired today, Thursday, August 12. Here is the segment. (I was there during the filming but am not in the aired segment.)