Enjoy incredible stargazing opportunities right here in Michigan during International Dark Sky Week April 15-21, a time to celebrate the beauty of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The moon meets Venus just after sunset April 17 and the annual Lyrids Meteor Shower peaks before dawn April 21.
View these and other celestial happenings at any of six state-designated Dark Sky Preserves. Dark Sky Preserves are protected against light pollution and are ideal locations for stargazing. Michigan is home to six Dark Sky Preserves located within six state parks. There also are plenty of excellent night-sky viewing opportunities across more than 15,000 square miles in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In addition, the Headlands Dark Sky Park (Emmet County park) is the only internationally designated Dark Sky Park in the state and offers additional opportunities for viewing the night sky. Dark Sky Preserves are located in the following state parks:
Lake Hudson Recreation Area
Negwegon State Park
Port Crescent State Park
Rockport Recreation Area
Thompson's Harbor State Park
Wilderness State Park
Participating parks will stay open later for self-guided views during Dark Sky Week. Call ahead for individual park hours. Visit michigan.gov/darksky.
To take full advantage of the night sky, check camping availability and make a reservation at midnrreservations.com or 1-800-44PARKS.
Source: Michigan Department of Natural Resources