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International Dark Sky Communities

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An IDA International Dark Sky Community is a town, city, municipality or other legally organized community that has shown exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of a quality outdoor lighting ordinance, dark sky education and citizen support of dark skies. Dark Sky Communities excel in their efforts to promote responsible lighting and dark sky stewardship, and set good examples for surrounding communities.

Certified IDA International Dark Sky Communities

2018 Submission Deadline Dates

29 January 2018 26 March 2018
28 May 2018 23 July 2018
24 September  2018 26 November 2018
28 January 2019

Download the current International Dark Sky Community guidelines:

Chinese translation courtesy of IDA Beijing / Starry Sky Project of China

Resources for applicants

How To Start A Local Dark Skies Group
Utah Community Development Office Dark Sky Assessment Guide (PDF)

For current International Dark Sky Communities

Writing Dark Sky Community Annual Reports