Living in a large metropolitan area like Detroit, it’s rare that we see more than a smattering of what the night sky has to offer. The light pollution associated with city life tends to make us blind to the more impressive views our universe has to offer. A nighttime aerial view of the United States shows lines of artificial lights spider webbing their way brightly across our country.

In an effort to enlighten Michigan residents to the wonders of what the night sky can really look like, 29 of our state parks will be staying open later than their usual close time of dusk so residents can stay and enjoy the view. The extended hours and – in a few places – events are a part of International Dark Sky Week and will run from Monday, April 13 through Saturday the 18th.

You can check out the full list of participating state parks here, but the closest to the Detroit area are in Brighton’s Island Lake Recreation Area or Holly’s Seven Lakes State Park. So go out and enjoy the true phenomenon of a Michigan sky in all its glorious darkness.

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