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In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we examine the story of how a street lamp, a tangle with municipal government, and a love of the stars led a man to Goblin Valley, Utah, a place “certified” to please lovers of the night sky.

Our podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In under 15 minutes, we’ll take you to an incredible site, and along the way you’ll meet some fascinating people and hear their stories. Join us daily, Monday through Thursday, to explore a new wonder with cofounder Dylan Thuras and a neighborhood of Atlas Obscura reporters.

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