IDSPlaces from Space

International Dark Sky Places from Space

From NASA's Earth Observatory comes the image of the 'Black Marble' allowing us to view our International Dark Sky Places from above.

To learn more about the 'Black Marble' visit IDA's press release.

Download images of the 'Black Marble' from the NASA Earth Observatory.

International Dark Sky Communities

are towns, cities, municipalities, or other legally organized communities that have shown exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of quality lighting codes, dark sky education, and citizen support of dark skies.

As you can see from the images below this does not necessarily mean that they boast pristine night skies, but community dedication to dark skies awareness promotes a positive example for surrounding communities and hopes to bring about real change across the globe.

Visit our Communities page for more information.

Left: Flagstaff, AZ; Right: Borrego Springs, CA


Left: Homer Glen, IL; Right: Isle of Sark, Channel Islands




International Dark Sky Parks


are parks or other public lands possessing exceptional starry skies and natural nocturnal habitat where light pollution is mitigated and natural darkness is valuable as an important educational, cultural, scenic, and natural resources.

Numbers in the left-hand corner designate what tier the park received; Gold, Silver, Bronze. Learn more about International Dark Sky Parks.

Visit our Parks page for more information.

1: Natural Bridges IDSP - Utah, USA

2: Cherry Springs IDSP - Pennsylvania, USA

3: Galloway Forest IDSP - Scotland, UK

4: Zselic IDSP - Hungary

5: Goldendale Observatory IDSP - Washington, USA

6: Clayton Lake IDSP - New Mexico, USA

7: Hortobagy IDSP - Hungary

8: Observatory Park IDSP - Ohio, USA

9: The Headlands IDSP - Michigan, USA

10: Big Bend IDSP - Texas, USA





International Dark Sky Reserves

are public or private lands possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural, heritage and/or public enjoyment mission of a large peripheral area. The International Dark Sky Reserve consists of a core area meeting the minimum criteria for sky quality and natural darkness, and a peripheral area that supports dark sky values in the core and receives benefits from them as well. The International Dark Sky Reserve is formed through a partnership of multiple land owners and/or administrators that have recognized the value of the starry night through regulation and/or formal agreement and/or long term planning.

Visit our Reserves page for more information.

1: Mont-Mégantic IDSR - Quebec, Canada

2: Exmoor IDSR - Devon and Somerset Counties, England, UK

3: Aoraki Mackenzie IDSR - New Zealand

4: NamibRand IDSR - Namibia, Africa