Image by Federico Beccari

DR TK LAWLESS INTERNATIONAL DARK Sky PARK

The Stars Like you've never seen them before

The Eastern Veil Nebula
The Eastern Veil Nebula

which lies within Cygnus, the Swan constellation, 2,400 light years away. Captured by Robert Parrish

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Orion and Running Man Nebula.
Orion and Running Man Nebula.

Picture taken by Robert Parrish

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The Witches Boom
The Witches Boom

It is part of the Veil Nebula. Picture by Scotty Bishop

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The Eastern Veil Nebula
The Eastern Veil Nebula

which lies within Cygnus, the Swan constellation, 2,400 light years away. Captured by Robert Parrish

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The TK Lawless International Dark Sky Park is one of only two international dark sky parks in Michigan! One of the beauties of having an international dark sky park is the amazing opportunity it presents for photography. We love to share the amazing photos that are taken at the park, so please send them our way! 

15122 Monkey Run Street, Vandalia, MI 49095

Dr. Lawless International Dark Sky Park/Michigan Dark Sky Preserve Stargazing Schedule for remaining 2021 – always weather permitting.

 

September 10 & 11 open until 2 am  October 8 & 9 open until 2 am

 November 5 & 6 open until 10 pm

 December 3 & 4 open until 10 pm

 December 14 for Geminids Meteor   Shower – open until midnight

PARK INFO

PARK HOURS

Robert Parrish

Robert Parrish

Local Stargazer

Robert approached the Cass County Parks Board with the idea to get Dr. T. K. Lawless Park recognized as a Dark Sky Park after his father's passing because they had always looked at the stars together.

WHY HAVING A DARK SKY PARK IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN IS IMPORTANT

It was been estimated that over 80% of the U.S. population has never seen the Milky Way due to artificial light pollution. True dark sky areas are harder to come by and Dr. T.K. Lawless Dark Sky Park offers visitors the ability to see some of natures most beautiful artwork. From the night sky, we gain an education in scientific, cultural, and a certain "sense of place." It helps to ground us by teaching us how small we are as actors on the enormous stage of the Universe. 

"For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."
 - Vincent van Gogh