Dark Sky Preservation and Environment/Conservation Organizations: A Case Study

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The following is a guest post by IDA Advocate Douglas Arion, PhD. He is also the Executive Director of Mountains of Stars, an IAU Dark Sky Ambassador, and a member of the AAS Light Pollution… Read more

City of Blanco, Texas (U.S.) Becomes Fifth International Dark Sky Community in Texas

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BLANCO, Texas, U.S. – The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) officially approved the City of Blanco as an International Dark Sky Community (IDSC). Culminating a grassroots effort that began in 2007, the certification validated the work of… Read more

World’s Newest International Dark Sky Reserve Spans U.S./Mexico International Border

Milky Way above Sotol Vista

FORT DAVIS, Texas, U.S. and Coahuila, Mexico — The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory, The Nature Conservancy – Davis Mountain Preserve,  and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)  are pleased to announce the certification… Read more

Jelsa, Croatia is the First International Dark Sky Community in Southern Europe

View of the Milky Way above Jelsa at night.

JELSA, Hvar, Croatia – The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has now designated the Municipality of Jelsa on the island Hvar as the first International Dark Sky Community (IDSC) in both Croatia and Southern Europe. With… Read more

Rémi Boucher: From Earth to the Stars on Mont-Mégantic

Portrait of Dark Sky Advocate Rémi Boucher

Each month the International Dark-Sky Association features an IDA Advocate from the worldwide network of volunteers working to protect the night. This month we’re highlighting the work of Rémi Boucher in Canada with an article… Read more

Desengano State Park, Managed by Inea, Becomes the First International Dark Sky Park in Latin America

The night sky above Desengano State Park.

SANTA MARIA MADALENA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Desengano State Park (PED), administered by the State Environmental Institute (Inea), achieved an unprecedented title in Latin America: the nomination of the protected area as an International… Read more

Cape Lookout National Seashore Certified as an International Dark Sky Park along North Carolina’s Coastline

The Night Sky above Cape Lookout's Visitor Center.

HARKERS ISLAND, North Carolina, USA — The National Park Service (NPS) and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) proudly announce Cape Lookout National Seashore is certified as an International Dark Sky Park.  This certification recognizes the… Read more

Dark Skies Above West Penwith Officially Recognized with the Prestigious International Dark Sky Park Designation

Milky Way over Levant Mine, West Penwith.

WEST PENWITH, Cornwall, England — The beauty of West Penwith is now officially awarded with the prestigious International Dark Sky Park designation by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). Recognized as an Area of Outstanding Natural… Read more

The Regional Natural Park of Millevaches in Limousin Saves Another Piece of Western Europe’s Nightscape

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MILLEVACHES, Limousin, France – The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is proud to announce the Regional Natural Park of Millevaches in Limousin as the world’s newest International Dark Sky Reserve. Joining Alpes Azur Mercantour, Cévennes National… Read more

Top of the Pines Newly Designated as an International Dark Sky Park

Top of the Pines at night.

OURAY COUNTY, Colorado, USA – The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has named Top of the Pines (TOP) as the newest addition to the International Dark Sky Places (IDSP) Program. As such, TOP becomes the 6th… Read more