Joshua Tree receives Dark Sky Park certification

Joshua Tree National Park is known for it's views of the starry night sky but now they have the official certification. 

The International Dark Sky Association is a nonprofit that works to preserve the night sky from light pollution. Their website states: "a land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment."

Joshua Tree is the 10th spot in the U.S. National Park system to earn designation as an International Dark Sky Park.

Earning a designation comes after an extensive application process. Only 83 parks in the world have the Dark Sky recognition. Other entries include Death Valley and the Grand Canyon. 

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