Desert Sun: New data shows the darkest skies above Mojave Trails National Monument

Mojave Trails National Monument might qualify as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, according to new data released Tuesday by the Mojave Desert Land Trust.

The 1.6 million acre monument borders Joshua Tree National Park to the south, and partially surrounds the Mojave National Preserve.

Interns with the Mojave Desert Land Trust’s Women in Science Discovering Our Mojave (WISDOM) program recently completed a year-long study measuring the sky’s brightness at 16 locations in the monument.

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