With 244,000 acres and almost no light pollution, Badlands National Park is an amazing site for gazing into the cosmos. On any given night, one can see more than 7,500 stars as well as galaxies, planets, moons, star clusters, satellites and more.
To protect and enhance dark sky viewing within the park, BNPC has partnered with the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) to nominate Badlands National Park as an International Dark Sky Park. Through this process, lighting fixtures in and around the park will be replaced with IDA approved lighting fixtures, which shield and minimize blue light emissions. International Dark Sky Certification
Artificial light at night has revolutionized the way we live and work outdoors, but it has come at a price. When used indiscriminately, outdoor lighting can disrupt wildlife, impact human health, waste money and energy, and block our view of the universe.
“More than 80% of Americans can’t see the stars where they live.”
Since 1988, the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) has led a movement to protect the night sky from light pollution. The International Dark-Sky Association promotes win-win solutions that allow people to appreciate dark, star-filled skies while enjoying the benefits of responsible outdoor lighting. Badlands National Park Conservancy is proud to work with IDA to protect and enhance night sky viewing opportunities at Badlands National Park. What is IDA?
Looking to check out these stellar dark skies for yourself? Badlands National Park will be hosting its annual Astronomy Festival. Attendees will have the chance to enjoy spectacular dark skies at public star parties. During the day, a variety of family friendly events provide opportunities to learn about the night sky, the sun, and space exploration. Special guest speakers, stargazing activities, and more will take place at the Visitor Center and Cedar Pass Amphitheater.