Stargazers drawn to Michigan 'Dark Sky Park'

May 20, 2014

This month marks the three-year anniversary of Michigan's first International Dark Sky Park.
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Three years ago this month, a curious “first” unfolded in Michigan. That’s when a 600-acre county park just west of the Mackinac Bridge became our state’s first International Dark Sky Park.

So what happens at dark sky parks way up north, outdoors in the middle of the night? All told, one can only imagine. What we do know is that due to their locations away from city lights and often near water, dark sky parks offer enhanced opportunities to see, study, and enjoy the night sky and everything in it.  

To learn more, Current State spoke with Mary Stewart Adams, the Program Director of the Headlands International Dark Sky Park near Mackinac City.

Adams says visitors come to the park hungry for a connected and unique experience with the night sky.