Gov. Spencer Cox declares April as Utah Dark Sky Month

The Milky Way over the Rock Cliff Nature Area at Jordanelle State Park. Photo Courtesy: Utah State Parks

UTAH, April 6, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Gov. Spencer Cox has declared April as Utah Dark Sky Month.

“Did you know that more than 80% of people in North America can’t see the Milky Way at night?” said a news release from the Office of the Governor. “Luckily, we have 23 accredited International Dark Sky places in Utah.”

Dark skies are integral to the well-being of many animal and plant species, and they have positive health impacts on humans, the news release said.

“The astrotourism industry is anticipated to generate nearly $6 billion and support more than 113,000 new jobs in the American southwest over the next decade,” the news release said. “And the implementation of dark sky practices in land use, construction, utilities, and other aspects of community life actively promotes local governance, reduces energy costs, and preserves Utah’s Western lifestyle.”

Cox has declared April 2021 as Utah Dark Sky Month. “We want to recognize these facts, as well as the partnership of federal, state, and local agencies and Utah’s recreation, tourism, and education sectors, which make night sky opportunities in our state available for all to enjoy,” the news release said.

“Celebrate this month by visiting one of Utah’s 23 accredited International Dark Sky places — which include 4 of our national parks, 10 state parks, and two towns,” the news release added. “The Utah Office of Tourism has a number of resources to help you make the most of your visit, including stargazing tips, road trip plans, photography advice and more.”

The news release added: “Happy Utah Dark Sky Month, and remember to recreate responsibly!”


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