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6 Breathtaking Views of the Night Sky That You Rarely Get to See

Tyler Nordgren, a physics and astronomy professor at the University of Redlands, has a mission: to raise awareness of the beauty of national parks' night skies (many people visit only during the daytime) and the threat that light pollution poses. Take a look at some of his best work here.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Tyler Nordgren

California’s Lassen Volcanic Natural Park, Maine’s Acadia National Park and Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park are favorites of Nordgren’s. “When you look up and see a billion stars, you know that you’re part of a larger universe,” he says.

Grand Tetons National Park, Wy

Tyler Nordgren

Lunar eclipse above Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Canyon National Park, Az

Tyler Nordgren

Snow illuminated by moonlight from Mather Point on the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park

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Acadia National Park, Me

Tyler Nordgren

Carriage roads under star light in Acadia National Park

Arches National Park, Ut

Tyler Nordgren

Star trails illuminate me and Double Arches in Arches National Park

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