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In this May 2, 2017 photo provided by Kurt Kuznicki is the Massacre Rim Wilderness Area in northwestern Nevada, 150 miles north of Reno and near the state line with Oregon. Massacre Rim is one of two areas designated as "dark sky sanctuaries" in Nevada. A bill passed by the Nevada state Senate would create a state program to encourage tourism and preservation of dark sky places. (Kurt Kuznicki via AP)

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Nevada Senate passes bill to form 'dark sky places' program

Nevada's state Senate took a step toward ensuring stargazers will continue to enjoy picture-perfect constellations on Monday, passing a bill to recognize "dark sky places" with unobstructed views of galaxies hundreds of thousands of light years away.

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