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Chiricahua National Monument Named World’s Newest International Dark Sky Park

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IDA today announced Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona, U.S. as the 104th designated International Dark Sky Park in the world. Situated near the U.S.-Mexico border, the Monument protects some of the darkest night skies remaining… Read more

The International Dark-Sky Association and Utah Office of Tourism Celebrate Declaration of Dark Sky Month

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA — The International Dark-Sky Association and the Utah Office of Tourism celebrate Governor Spencer Cox’s declaration of April as Dark Sky Month. Astrotourism and dark sky messaging complement the tourism… Read more

New Program Launches to Save Migrating Birds in Colorado, USA

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DENVER, COLORADO, USA (April 20, 2021)—The National Audubon Society, the International Dark-sky Association, and Denver Audubon have teamed up to launch Lights Out Colorado, a new program that aims to help Coloradans save millions of birds as… Read more

Two Virginia State Parks Become World’s Newest International Dark Sky Parks

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IDA has awarded International Dark Sky Park status to Natural Bridge State Park in Rockbridge County and Sky Meadows State Park in Fauquier County. Both parks are in the U.S. state of Virginia. The announcement… Read more

Voyageurs National Park Certified as International Dark Sky Park

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International Falls, MN: Voyageurs National Park (VNP), Voyageurs Conservancy (VC), and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) are pleased to announce the certification of Voyageurs National Park as an International Dark Sky Park. This certification recognizes… 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

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

Ridgway, Colorado Tapped with International Dark Sky Community Designation from International Dark-Sky Association

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PRESS RELEASE Ridgway, CO – The International Dark-Sky Association has named Ridgway as the newest addition to the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) Dark Sky Places Program. As such, Ridgway becomes the second IDA “Dark Sky… Read more