National parks and protected areas have an important role in protecting starry sky and the undisturbed
nighttime environment. Hortobágy which is one of the darkest areas in Hungary, became an International Dark Sky Parks recently. Its significance is mostly related to the protection of the high biodiversity which is endangered by the effects of light pollution. A special monitoring program has been started to survey the nocturnal species and also to monitor the quality of the night sky using digital cameras. Stargazing night walks are frequently organized. There is a high interest by the general public to attend these night adventures.
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