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Be a citizen-scientist: measure the darkness of a total solar eclipsed sky!

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If you are on or near the centerline of the path of totality during the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, you are able to participate in an activity to observe and record the faintest stars visible as a… Read More

Small Neighborhood, Big Dark Skies, Deep in the Heart of Texas

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Today, River Hills Neighborhood Association (RHNA) is delighted to announce that it has been formally designated a Dark Sky Friendly Development of Distinction by the IDA. Tucked into a small neighborhood, just off Scenic Route… Read More

Joshua Tree National Park Celebrates Designation as an International Dark Sky Park

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Saturday night, in a ceremony sponsored by Copper Mountain Community College, Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith accepted a plaque acknowledging the designation of the park as an International Dark Sky Park. IDA Chapter… Read More

The Night Sky and You: Perseid Meteor Shower & Total/Partial Solar Eclipse

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By: Dawn Davies, Public Advocacy Volunteer IDA Public Advocacy Volunteer and amateur astronomer, Dawn Davies, shares the hidden wonders of the night sky to engage our sense of wonder and inspire exploration of the night… Read More

Small Changes, Big Impact

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IDA approved Dark Sky Friendly fixtures light only the ground where light is needed. It’s a simple idea that saves energy and reduces skyglow to preserve our view of the night sky. A consumer-based lighting… Read More

Lights at Night Turn Nocturnal Pollinators Off

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Pollination is essential for the reproduction of many plant species. Some flowering plants rely on the wind or water to spread their pollen, but most depend on animals for pollination. Insects like bees, moths, and… Read More

The Business of Being a Community

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IDA’s mission to protect our world’s dark skies from devastating light pollution calls out to everyone for their own brand of support—something that reflects their unique place on the planet: donations, legislation, art, inventive manufacturing… Read More

Fireflies Need the Dark to Talk with Light

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The Effects of Light Pollution on Fireflies As light pollution spreads across our planet, we have to venture to more remote areas to enjoy the night skies. This is a minor inconvenience compared to the… Read More

“All Living Things on Earth Need and Deserve a Night Sky”

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  Growing up on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific exposed me to one of the darkest and least light polluted skies on earth. As a child, I would marvel at the impossibly huge number… Read More

Like moths to a flame: National Moth Week, and how you can help our nighttime wildlife

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Next week, as night falls, people across the USA and around the world will be found huddled in groups, waiting, staring into bright light sources. This is not some strange cult or ritual; in fact… Read More