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Germany’s Rhön Biosphere Reserve Named World’s Ninth International Dark Sky Reserve

Rhön (Germany)

TUCSON, Ariz., and WASSERKUPPE, Germany – Far from major cities, the truly dark skies of Germany’s Rhön Biosphere Reserve offers visitors a respite from the frenzied rhythms of 21st century urban life. In today designating… Read More

Two Texas Parks & Wildlife Properties Achieve International ‘Dark Sky’ Status

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Texas state parks remain among the few public places in one of the nation’s most populous and increasingly urbanized states where the starry heavens can be viewed in all their celestial glory… Read More

IDA Designates Sedona, Arizona, the World’s Eighth International Dark Sky Community

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TUCSON, Ariz., and SEDONA, Ariz. (4 August 2014) – The red rock scenery of Sedona has long been an iconic setting for Hollywood films about the Old West and a popular magnet for artists and… Read More

Hovenweep National Monument Named World’s’ Newest International Dark Sky Park

Natural Bridges

TUCSON, ARIZ., 1 July 2014 – The star-filled skies of Hovenweep National Monument along the Utah-Colorado border have new protections as the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) announced today it has designated Hovenweep as the world’s… Read More

Beverly Shores, Indiana, Named World’s Seventh International Dark Sky Community

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TUCSON, ARIZ. AND BEVERLY SHORES, IND., 24 June 2014 — Nights along the south shore of Lake Michigan are a little darker thanks to dedicated residents of one northwest Indiana community. In recognition of their… Read More

Dark Skies Come Into Sharp Focus at the First Annual StarLight Festival

Starlight Festival in Big Bear, CA

Big Bear Lake, Calif., 20 May 2014 – The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) joins AstronomyOutreach network to raise public awareness about the importance of dark skies for the environment and science of the Southern California… Read More

The International Dark-Sky Association Awards Dark Sky Status to Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

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TUCSON, AZ AND GRAND CANYON-PARASHANT NATIONAL MONUMENT, AZ, 21 March 2014 – The remote, wild character of rural northwest Arizona has long drawn dedicated adventurers who value protection of the area’s abundant natural resources. Lately… Read More

First International Dark Sky Park in the Southeast US Designated

The summer Milky Way above Blue Ridge Observatory & Star Park

TUCSON, AZ AND SPRUCE PINE, NC, 25 February 2014 – The Appalachian Mountains of have stood as silent witnesses to the uninterrupted rain of starlight for nearly a half-billion years, but artificial light now threatens… Read More

Eifel National Park Designated The First International Dark Sky Park In Germany

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TUCSON, AZ AND EIFEL NATIONAL PARK, GERMANY, 17 February 2014 – The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) announced today that it has provisionally named Eifel National Park as the first International Dark Sky Park in… Read More

Westhavelland Nature Park Named The First International Dark Sky Reserve in Germany

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TUCSON, AZ, AND POTSDAM, GERMANY, 12 February 2014 – Millions of Berliners who seek a respite from bright city lights now have an option close to home. The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) announced today… Read More