With its relatively remote location out on the western plains of South Dakota, the clarity of the Milky Way Galaxy, stars and satellites as seen from Badlands National Park is amazing. The dark night skies out here aren't muddled by light pollution coming from any nearby city and it seems only fitting that one might experience such a night sky experience in an already other-worldly landscape like the Badlands. On any given night, one camping under the stars could see over 7,500 stars in the Badlands night sky.
During the summer the park even offers up a Night Sky Program on Friday - Monday nights at the Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater. Here park rangers and volunteers can showcase and share all the sky beholds like constellations, nebulae, planets and stars during the 60-minute program. Telescopes are provided by Badlands National Park through their park partners. Over the past three years the park has also held the Badlands Astronomy Festival at the end of July which brings together space science professionals, astronomers, educators and anyone with an interest in the moon and stars for a weekend of traveling the universe through lectures, stories and star-gazing.