- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MOAB, Utah (AP) - Canyonlands National Park in eastern Utah is being recognized for its dark skies and lack of light pollution.

Park officials announced this week that Canyonlands was named as an “International Dark Sky Park” by the Arizona-based International Dark-Sky Association.

It’s one of 26 parks recognized by the group for park efforts to preserve views of the night sky.

Park officials say in a statement that they began several years ago to install light bulbs and fixtures within Canyonlands that minimize glare and limit light pollution. They say 100 percent of the park’s bulbs and fixtures are considered “night sky friendly.”

The National Park Service is planning a special astronomy event at the park on Sept. 18 to commemorate the dark-sky designation and showcase views of star-filled skies.

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