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80% of World Population Lives Under Skyglow, New Study Finds

World map of artificial sky brightness. Image from the new "World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness."

A groundbreaking new study documenting light pollution across the globe finds that more than 80 percent of the world’s population lives under light polluted skies. The United States and Europe have it even worse, with… Read More

Grand Canyon Designated a Dark Sky Park

The summer Milky Way sets over Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by the U.S. National Park Service.

The International Dark-Sky Association and the National Park Service are excited to announce that Grand Canyon National Park is now a Provisional IDA International Dark Sky Park. “The designation of Grand Canyon National Park as an… Read More

Utah State Park Designated Newest Dark Sky Park

The Milky Way is shown in the sky above a yurt at Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah. Photo credit: Bret Edge.

We are pleased to announce the designation of Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah as an International Dark Sky Park, the first such designation for Utah State Parks. The 5,362-acre park offers stunning views… Read More

World’s Newest International Dark Sky Reserve is in the Heart of Southeast England

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The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) have today, 10 May, named the South Downs National Park as the world’s newest International Dark Sky Reserve. Scott Feierabend, Executive Director of the IDA, said: “We are pleased to… Read More

First International Dark Sky Park In Ireland Receives Accreditation

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The International Dark-Sky Association has granted Gold-tier International Dark Sky Park status to Ballycroy National Park & Wild Nephin Wilderness – to be jointly recognized as Mayo International Dark Sky Park. County Mayo, situated in… Read More

Flagstaff Area National Monuments Named International Dark Sky Park

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The National Park Service and International Dark-Sky Association are pleased to announce Flagstaff Area National Monuments – Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki - have been designated as an International Dark Sky Park by… Read More

Light Pollution Measure Passed by Washington State

The City of Seattle, Washington, skyline at night with the Space Needle in the foreground.

On Friday, March 26, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a supplemental state transportation budget that includes what may well be the first ever mention of light pollution to make it into state code. The transportation budget may seem an odd… Read More

Big Park, Arizona, Named International Dark Sky Community

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In recognition of local efforts to promote and protect its naturally dark nighttime environment, the International Dark-Sky Association has named Big Park, Arizona, an International Dark Sky Community. The village, also informally known as the… Read More

IDA Designates First U.S. International Dark Sky Sanctuary In New Mexico

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IDA is pleased to announce the designation of the Cosmic Campground as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary. It is the first such designation in the U.S., and the first IDA International Dark Sky Place designation of… Read More

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park Named Florida’s First Dark Sky Place

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Dark skies have rapidly vanished in the eastern United States, leaving very few locations relatively untouched by the effects of artificial light at night. The need to identify and preserve these places is increasingly important… Read More