CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT — As darkness falls on Cedar Breaks National Monument, a different kind of light illuminates the night sky. That light, which comes from objects out in space, transforms the night from a place of darkness into a place of wonder.

Cedar Breaks National Monument has some of the darkest night skies in the country.

As southwestern Utah grows and develops, "light pollution" in the form of stray artificial light is a growing problem that masks the beauty and intensity of a dark starlit sky. In the high-elevation night skies of Cedar Breaks, the stars shine nearly as brightly as they did in the time before the invention of the light bulb.

To celebrate and share the beauty of its dark night skies, Cedar Breaks is throwing a series of monthly "Star Parties." Star parties will be held on Saturdays beginning July 19, with similar events on Aug. 2 and 23, and Sept. 2 and 20.

Each star party will be conducted by park staff and astronomy volunteers at 10 p.m. on Point Supreme. Star viewing will take place through several large telescopes; however, visitors who own their own telescopes are invited to bring them along.

More information is available by contacting Robin Hampton at 435-586-0787, Ext. 41, or at www.nps.gov/cebr.