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North Ronaldsay’s Dark Skies Gain International Recognition

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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

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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

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

First International Dark Sky Place Status In Austria Awarded

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Naturpark Attersee-Traunsee, the largest nature park in the province of Upper Austria, was today named an International Dark Sky Park by IDA. It is the first designation of any kind in the International Dark Sky… Read more

2021 U.K. Star Count Shows Light Pollution Reduction During Lockdown

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A nationwide Star Count conducted in February by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has revealed a significant drop in light pollution levels across the United Kingdom. The results, which can be seen in… Read more

United Kingdom Parliamentary Group Issues First Dark-Sky Policy Plan

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The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dark Skies today released the United Kingdom’s first comprehensive plan for combating light pollution. The plan consists of ten policy recommendations to the UK government that aim to modernize the… 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

Alpes Azur Mercantour Becomes Third International Dark Sky Reserve in France

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The International Dark-Sky Association is pleased to announce the designation of Alpes Azur Mercantour as an International Dark Sky Reserve. The site is the third International Dark Sky Reserve in France, joining Pic du Midi… Read more

Carpe Noctem: Efforts to Protect the Dark in Serbia

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Meet Dajana Bjelajac, Ph.D. student studying light pollution at the University of Novi Sad in Serbia. Bjelajac is an IDA Delegate working to protect the night from light pollution in Serbia through her NGO, Carpe… Read more

Vrani Kamen (Croatia) Designated as International Dark Sky Park

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PRESS RELEASE It is our great honour and pleasure to announce that Vrani kamen park has become the first International Dark Sky Park in Croatia to have earned a Gold Tier designation, according to strict… Read more