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Stargazers, parks officials hope to save the night

Stargazers, parks officials hope to save the night

By Associated Press | Posted - Oct. 2, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.



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CEDAR CITY -- Officials at Cedar Breaks National Monument hope turning down the lights will help the stargazing party continue.

They are working with the International Dark-Sky Association to persuade neighboring towns such as Cedar City and Brian Head to promote dark sky-friendly technology to save the night.

Cedar Breaks superintendent Paul Roelandt tells The Spectrum of St. George it's not far-fetched that stars could soon disappear amid light pollution if changes aren't made in southern Utah. And he says becoming dark-sky compliant could save towns up to 60 percent on lighting costs. Roelandt also says dark skies promote healthier ecosystems for animals and attract tourists.

Cedar Breaks officials say one stargazing event brought in 250 people this year, and a gathering in Bryce Canyon National Park attracts more than 6,000 visitors.

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