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Sunriver designated first International Dark Sky Place in Oregon

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Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory and the Oregon Chapter of the International Dark Sky Association are excited to announce the designation of Sunriver, Oregon as the newest addition to the IDA International Dark Sky Places… 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

First International Dark Sky Park In New Zealand Accredited

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Wai-iti Recreational Reserve and Tunnicliff Forest has been named the first International Dark Sky Park in New Zealand. The newly designated site consists of 135 hectares of Tasman District Council land just south of Wakefield… Read more

It’s Earth Day! Is your home lighting nature, neighbor and night sky friendly?

What better way to celebrate Earth Day (and Night!) than by making your home dark sky friendly? In recognition of International Dark Sky Week, IDA has released a simple home lighting assessment to help you… Read more

What Does Lettuce Have To Do With My Night Sky?

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by John C. Barentine, Ph.D. Director of Public Policy Residents of cities in towns in North America and Europe increasingly report strange glows in the night sky. Arizonans see their skies light up bright purple… Read more

A Constellation of the Ten Most Influential Dark Sky Publications of 2019

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The dark sky movement is gaining more attention every year. 2019 saw a record number of publications related to dark skies. Here is IDA’s constellation of the ten most influential dark sky publications of 2019… Read more

Mexico’s Environmental Law Will Now Include Regulation of Light Pollution

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by John C. Barentine, Ph.D. Director of Public Policy and Amanda Gormley Director of Communication The Senate of Mexico unanimously endorsed legislation that classifies light pollution as a form of environmental pollution this November. The… Read more

NIGHTS OVER TUCSON: How the Tucson, Arizona, LED Conversion Improved the Quality of the Night

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Can a lighting retrofit in a growing metropolitan city save energy, maintain safety standards, and protect the starry night sky? __ Tucson, Arizona, is a major metropolitan city in the southwest United States. The city… Read more

South Australia’s River Murray Designated First International Dark Sky Reserve in Australia

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The River Murray region today received its status as the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Australia, only the sixteenth site in the world ever to receive this designation. “Today’s announcement of the River Murray… Read more

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge named first-ever IDA Urban Night Sky Place

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The International Dark-Sky Association is pleased to announce the certification of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge as the organization’s first Urban Night Sky Place (UNSP). This designation is the first of its kind, developed… Read more