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Pellworm and Spiekeroog, Germany are certified as Star Islands and International Dark Sky Communities

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WADDEN SEA, Germany — The islands of Pellworm and Spiekeroog in the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea are now recognized as Star Islands (Sterneninsel in German) and International Dark Sky Communities by the International Dark-Sky… Read more

New App Aims to Better Understand Nighttime Satellite Data

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A team of community scientists and researchers from the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences have developed a new mobile app called ‘Nachtlicht’ (NightLights). The app allows participants to record various… Read more

10 Stellar Photos of Dogs and the Night Sky

9 Stellar Photos of dogs and the night sky

It’s safe to say that the IDA staff is full of dog lovers. So, to celebrate International Dog Day (August 26), we’ve rounded up some incredible photos of two of the things we love: dogs… Read more

Palos Preserves Named the World’s Largest Urban Night Sky Place

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CHICAGO, Illinois, USA — The Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Palos Preserves, in partnership with the Adler Planetarium, is now designated as the largest Urban Night Sky Place in the world by the International Dark-Sky… Read more

Q&A with IDA Advocate Nurul Syahirah Binti Nazarudin from Malaysia

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Each month the International Dark-Sky Association features an IDA Advocate from the worldwide network of volunteers who are working to protect the night in a feature called ‘Monthly Star.’ This month we’re highlighting the work… Read more

Black Gap Wildlife Management Area Designated International Dark Sky Sanctuary

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BREWSTER COUNTY, Texas, USA – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is proud to announce that Black Gap Wildlife Management Area (BGWMA) has been designated as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary by the International… Read more

A Farewell From Dr. John Barentine

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The old saying in English that “all good things must come to an end” is trite but true. The good things that have filled my professional life while working for IDA as a member of… Read more

Towards a Dark Sky Standard: A Lighting Guide to Protect Dark Skies from Local Need to Landscape Impact

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The following is a guest post by Dan Oakley, Lead Ranger and Dark Skies Lead at South Downs National Park in the UK.  One of the difficulties for dark skies protection in the UK is… Read more

Dark and Quiet Skies: An opportunity to make your voice heard around the world

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We invite you to participate in the second United Nations-sponsored conference on Dark and Quiet Skies Conference for Science and Society, to be held as a hybrid virtual and in-person event on October 3-7, 2021. … Read more

The 2021 Capture the Dark Winners and Honorable Mentions

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Photography is one of the most powerful tools in dark sky advocacy. A photograph has the power to spark conservation awareness and reveal how beautiful and functional dark sky-friendly lighting can be. To celebrate, we… Read more