Michigan has designation some state park lands as Dark Sky Preserves, meaning night time lights needed to be shielded to allow for darker skies for stargazers.

Three state parks, Thompson’s Harbor State Park in Presque Isle County, Rockport State Recreation Area which spans Alpena and Presque Isle Counties and Negwegon State Park in Alcona and Alpena Counties as Dark Sky Preserves.

As first reported by the Science Around Michigan blog, the new designation means

any park area which has been given Dark Sky Preserve status ensure that all outdoor lighting fixtures to be shielded or constructed so there is little to no light interference for activities such as amateur astronomy, stargazing, and nighttime photography.

What areas around Southwest Michigan would you like to see given a Dark Sky Preserve designation? Let us know in the comment section below.

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[Science Around MI]