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West Virginia Celebrates Three New Dark Sky Parks

Watoga Dam under the Milky Way

  MARLINTON, West Virginia, USA — The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has awarded Watoga State Park in West Virginia with the official Dark Sky Park status on October 18, 2021.  The adjacent Calvin Price State… Read more

Fry Family Park is Certified as Ohio’s First Urban Night Sky Place

View of the Milky Way above Fry Family Park. PC: Terry Mann

                                              MAGNOLIA, Ohio, USA — Stark County Park’s Fry Family Park has been… Read more

Stacy Park Awarded as the World’s Newest Urban Night Sky Place

Night sky above Stacy Park.

OLIVETTE, MO, USA — On October 3, 2021, Stacy Park, located in the City of Olivette, received certification as an Urban Night Sky Place by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).  “We are pleased to announce… Read more

September Monthly Star: Q&A with Advocate Diane Turnshek from Pittsburgh, USA

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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

North Ronaldsay’s Dark Skies Gain International Recognition

Image of North Rondaldsy at night.

ORKNEY, Scotland — North Ronaldsay of the Orkney Archipelago has been recognized as a Dark Sky Island and an International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). The island, far from sources of… Read more

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

Image depicting Spiekeroog at night.

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

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

Image depicting the Urban Night Sky Place at night overlooking Maple Lake.

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

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