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A walk at night in Zion National Park

By on February 21, 2015 in USA

OK, admittedly this was not a long walk, and it was just around the grounds near the lodge, but none the less it was magical.

Living in Malaysia I very rarely get to see the night sky, and there are two reasons for that. First, and this may sound odd, it is often cloudy at night as the weather in Malaysia normally means a build up of clouds late afternoon/early evening. Second, there is a tremendous amount of light pollution from Singapore and that obscures the sky. So the chance to walk around and look at stars on a clear night with no light pollution was something not to be missed.

Being in Zion Valley meant the view of the sky was limited but a good portion could still be seen and the surrounding high cliffs made it even more special. Plus, the park authority has installed low output lights with very little upward leakage. This meant the place was dark. In addition, there was no moon.

The sky above Zion was dark, and I can’t remember the last time I saw a night sky that dark. And the stars were amazing. Orion was particularly impressive, but it was tricky to make him out due to the background of fainter stars that are not normally visible in towns.

It was well worth the effort to go out. And if you are in Zion and the night is clear, it is something you should try.

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