Enjoy a stellar state park tradition

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In space, being outshone is an occupational hazard. This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image captures a galaxy named NGC 7250. Despite being remarkable in its own right — it has bright bursts of star formation and recorded supernova explosions — it blends into the background somewhat thanks to the gloriously bright star hogging the limelight […]

Michigan state park stargazing is a tradition that started 100 years ago with the establishment of the first state park.

Enjoy a star-studded night sky during International Dark Sky Week from March 31st to April 7th.

Michigan is home to state-designated Dark Sky Preserves located within six state parks: Lake Hudson Recreation Area, Negwegon State Park, Port Crescent State Park, Rockport Recreation Area, Thompson’s Harbor State Park and Wilderness State Park.

Headlands International Dark Sky Park is one of the first ten International Dark Sky Parks in the world in 2011. Headlands is located in Mackinaw City.

There also are plenty of excellent night-sky viewing opportunities across more than 15,000 square miles in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Dark Sky Preserves are protected against light pollution and are ideal locations for stargazing.

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