<p>Star trails streak over Lake Tekapo in New Zealand in a newly released long-exposure picture.</p><p>The lake was one of the first sites designated as a <a href="http://www.starlight2007.net/StarlightReserves.html">Starlight Reserve</a> as part of a UN-supported initiative to preserve the quality of the night sky and its cultural, scientific, or natural values.</p><p>(Find out more about <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/11/light-pollution/klinkenborg-text">efforts to combat light pollution in <em>National Geographic </em>magazine</a>.)</p>

Star Reserve

Star trails streak over Lake Tekapo in New Zealand in a newly released long-exposure picture.

The lake was one of the first sites designated as a Starlight Reserve as part of a UN-supported initiative to preserve the quality of the night sky and its cultural, scientific, or natural values.

(Find out more about efforts to combat light pollution in National Geographic magazine.)

Photograph by Alex Cherney, TWAN

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