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  • Quest for darkness

    Chad Moore and the members of the Park Service Night Sky Team keep an eye on the stars in the nation’s parks and monuments.

  • Flagstaff harnesses the forces of darkness

    Flagstaff harnesses the forces of darkness

    Fifty years ago, Flagstaff, Ariz., prodded by local astronomers, realized what an asset its dark night skies were and took steps to preserve them.

  • Coming home to the cosmos

    Coming home to the cosmos

    A wandering writer comes home to Utah after chasing meteorites around the world for years.

  • The bare bones of life

    The bare bones of life

    The rocky, remote landscapes of the Southwest have long served astronomers as a metaphor for the surfaces of other planets.

  • Starry Eyes

    When it comes to perfect starry nights, the West is always the winner

  • Stargazer aims his scopes at gas industry

    Astronomer Perry Walker uses his stargazing tools and skills to work with the oil and gas industry to prevent air pollution in Wyoming

  • Don’t let stars wink out all over the West

    Seth Shteir praises darkness – and denounces light pollution – after going stargazing in Great Basin National Park.

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