dark skies


Stargazers can now spot all five of the brightest planets lined up in the pre-dawn sky.

Kaibab Paiute Nation

Northern Arizona is now home to the world’s first "dark sky nation." As Arizona Public Radio’s Melissa Sevigny reports, the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians has been recognized for its efforts to preserve the night sky.

United States Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station

With the Flagstaff City Council’s approval of the Aspen Heights student housing project some people are raising concerns over how it will affect the area’s dark skies. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the development could comprise dark sky guidelines under the Flagstaff regional plan


Coconino County Officials are in the process of completely updating zoning codes, and are soliciting public comment about lighting and sign policy. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the proposed changes are designed to greatly expand the county’s dark sky policy.


Sedona has become the newest International Dark Sky Community. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s one of only eight cities in the world to achieve the designation, and the second in northern Arizona.

National Park Service

Some 27 national parks and monuments protect the Colorado Plateau’s remarkable canyons, rivers, and wide-open spaces. But, people increasingly visit the plateau to experience another rare natural resource: its dark skies.