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“Saving the Desert’s Dark Skies”; A Sixth Grader’s Poem Defending the Night Skies

Stars and the Milky Way above a hillside of Saguaro cactus east of Peridot, Arizona.

Recently, IDA received an email with a poem written by Xander Clinkingbeard, a sixth grader in Tucson, AZ. Following a presentation he watched at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum put on by Tucson’s IDA chapter members… Read More

7 Gift Ideas Inspired by the Night Sky

A picture of a starry sky with a holiday bow, like a present, and the wording "Gift ideas inspired by the night sky."

We know that finding the right holiday gift can be challenging, so here are some ideas for your dark-sky-loving friends and family. And of course, there are no rules stating you can’t treat yourself, too! 1. IDA… Read More

Get Your 2017 IDA Calendar!

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You Make a Difference Less than 100 years ago, everyone could look up and see a spectacular starry night sky. But not today … According to the “World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness,” 99… Read More

7 Pieces of Art Inspired by the Night Sky

The Starry Night painted in 1889 by Vincent van Gogh.

Until recently, for all of human history, our ancestors experienced a sky brimming with stars – a night sky that inspired science, religion, philosophy, literature and art. Unfortunately, we’ll never know the great art we’ve… Read More

5 Stunning “Moonbow” Photos

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We’ve all seen rainbows. But have you ever seen a moonbow? This rare phenomenon, also known as a lunar rainbow, occurs at night when light from the Moon illuminates falling water drops in the atmosphere… Read More

The Importance of Awe

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The “11th emotion” got many of us into astronomy. Can children today still experience it? Guest post by William Sheehan, courtesy of Sky & Telescope While struggling in abject poverty in Nashville after the Civil… Read More

13 Stunning Starry Night Photos

Exmoor National Park, an International Dark Sky Reserve in England. Credit: Exmoor National Park.

IDA established the International Dark Sky Places conservation program in 2001 to recognize excellent stewardship of the night sky. Designations are based on stringent outdoor lighting standards and innovative community outreach. Enjoy exploring these stunning… Read More

Annual “Earth & Sky” Photo Contest Now Open

“The Enchanted Forest” by Lyubov Trifonova. The Moon and the northern lights lit up the snow-covered forest in Murmansk, northwestern Russia, Dec. 2014. The first winner of the 2015 International Earth & Sky Photo Contest, Beauty of Night Sky category.

By Guest Writer David Malin, The World at Night and “Earth and Sky” Photography Contest Judge The World at Night (TWAN) is once again holding its “Earth and Sky” photography contest. The contest, now in… Read More

7 Dark Sky Highlights of 2015

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1.   17 New International Dark Sky Places Our International Dark Sky Places program had another record breaking year. We designated 17 new Dark Sky Places, breaking 2014’s record of 13! The new Dark Sky… Read More

Without the Stars We Wouldn’t Have “Star Wars”!

Artist’s conception of an X-ray emitting black hole as predicted by Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Image from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Caltech via Wikimedia Commons.

The starry night sky and view of our vast universe has been inspiring men and women since the dawn of creativity. Writers, scientists and artists for centuries have gazed upward in awe of the mystery… Read More