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Chaco Canyon recognized as International Dark Zone

Created: 05/02/2014 6:55 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's a place where time stands still, where the past and present come together to remind us of where we once were and where we are now.

"As long as we've been human beings, we've paid attention to the sky," said Dr. Tyler Nordgren, an astronomer with the International Dark Sky Association.

The Chacoans did that when they built their kivas a thousand years ago, using the Sun, Moon, and stars to design their cultural center. Those same stars they observed and admired can be seen almost exactly the same way now.

Dr. Nordgren says that it's an engrained part of what makes this park special so it's a natural fit for the International Dark Sky designation.

Chaco Canyon has been designated as an "International Dark Zone"--only the 11th park in the US to receive the distinction, thanks to the education and preservation of the night sky.

Dozens huddled up the night of the dedication ceremony on April 24th to watch the dark sky like their ancestors did.

"Everybody in the world had access to this resource. that's the night sky. Everybody would know what it looked it. That doesn't exist anymore unless you have specifically protected and designated spots like Chaco Canyon," said visitor Patrick Hudson.

To find out more about Chaco Canyon and when you can visit, click on the link below. http://www.nps.gov/chcu/index.htm


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