In 2016, to celebrate the National Park Service centennial, 150 people experienced the wondrously dark night skies of Mojave National Preserve. Since 2008, these bi-annual star parties — courtesy of NPCA, Mojave National Preserve, the Mojave National Preserve Conservancy, and the Pasadena Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers — have connected thousands of desert lovers and new guests to the brilliant nighttime displays of this park. Many of the attendees, including youth groups from Los Angeles and the Coachella and Imperial Valleys, had never seen such a sky. Many had never even visited a national park. Watch this video to hear their stories and be inspired by our national parks.