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Fundy National Park Becomes a Dark Sky Preserve

Jasper National Park is another Dark Sky Preserve. Photo by Thomas Pleiss.

By Carissa Bluestone

Last month, New Brunswick’s Fundy National Park was designated a Dark Sky Preserve (DSP) by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. The park has always been a great spot for stargazing, what with its limited light pollution and trails that are accessible during winter months (when skies are clearer), but DSPs must make a concerted effort to keep artificial lighting at bay. A project to upgrade park lighting to to meet Dark Sky standards should be completed by 2013. Also planned are educational stargazing parties at Bennett Lake and the Chignecto South campground.

Canada has more of these astronomy parks (20 and counting) than any other country on earth, and Alberta’s Jasper National Park, designated a DSP in March 2011, is the largest dark sky park in the world.

Read more: See our roundup of Canada’s best stargazing tips, and Canadian Geographic’s comprehensive article on dark skies preservation.

Visiting Fundy National Park? Check out this astronomer’s forecast to know when skies will be clear.

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