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The Lyrids: The End of the Meteor Shower Drought

Lyrid Meteor Shower

Each year, the Lyrid Meteor Shower is active in mid-late April when the Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1). This marks the end of the meteor shower drought over the last… Read more

Globe at Night 2021: Can You See the Stars?

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Every year, the Globe at Night international citizen-science campaign raises awareness about the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure and submit night sky brightness observations. All you need is a computer, tablet… Read more

Look Up: The Great Conjunction of 2020

Great Conjunction 2020

The sky is really showing off this December! The annual Geminid meteor shower is in full swing (and just peaked), there was a total solar eclipse visible from Chile and parts of Argentina, and that’s… Read more

An Early Holiday Treat: The Geminids

2020 Geminids

The following content about the 2020 Geminids was developed in collaboration between the International Dark-Sky Association and Astronomers Without Borders. We had so much fun teaming up with Astronomers Without Borders for the Perseids in… Read more

Perseid Meteor Shower: How to Enjoy It and Why It Matters

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The following content was developed in collaboration between the International Dark-Sky Association and Astronomers Without Borders. It’s that time of year again; the annual Perseid meteor shower is upon us! Every August, across the Northern… Read more

Comet NEOWISE: Catch It While You Can

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If you are in the northern hemisphere, you have a once-in-6,800-year opportunity to observe Comet NEOWISE – with nothing more than your eyes. (And an alarm clock.)  To see the comet, go outside early in… Read more

Light Pollution and the Beginner Astronomer

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Guest post by Peter Thompson, co-founder of Astronomy for Beginners Above your head every night, there is a light show that will take your breath away. That is, it will take your breath away if… Read more

Planning Your Next Trip to the Dark Side

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When was the last time you saw a star-studded sky? Was it in your backyard last night or on your family vacation to a national park last summer? Perhaps a true night sky is a… Read more

GreaterSkies: Committed to Excellence and to IDA

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Founded in 2006 by Juan Reyero, GreaterSkies is a small, international company that produces personalized star maps. Juan says that he has always had an interest in astronomy, and that he started making star maps… Read more

Looking Up! Celebrating 30 Years of Night Sky Advocacy at the 2018 Annual General Meeting

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Looking Up! This year, we’re celebrating IDA’s 30th anniversary and the community of scientists, conservationists, policy-makers, and advocates who successfully work together to preserve and protect the natural nighttime environment and our heritage of night… Read more