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What You Should Know About Bird Migration and Light Pollution

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We are pleased to announce a new partner in the critical work of protecting the night from light pollution: the National Audubon Society. The two organizations are an excellent fit! Encompassed in Audubon’s mission to… Read more

Davagh Forest Park Becomes First International Dark Sky Place in Northern Ireland

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Davagh Forest Park has become only the second place on the island of Ireland — and the first in the north — to be accredited as an IDA International Dark Sky Park. It is one… Read more

Utah’s East Canyon State Park Named World’s Newest International Dark Sky Park

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East Canyon State Park in northeastern Utah, U.S., has been accredited as an International Dark Sky Park. This designation means that East Canyon State Park has beautifully dark night skies that allow visitors to clearly… Read more

Comprehensive Report on Satellite Constellations Finds that Astrophotography will be Severely Affected

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By: Ruskin Hartley and John Barentine  Last summer, a new phenomenon startled night-sky watchers everywhere: for the first few weeks of their operation, Starlink satellites appeared as a group of objects orbiting together, a bright… Read more

Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, Becomes World’s Newest International Dark Sky Community

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IDA is pleased to announce the Village of Hawthorn Woods as the latest addition to its International Dark Sky Community family. Today’s designation of this small, rural municipality located just 65 kilometers (40 miles) north… Read more

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