City of Blanco, Texas (U.S.) Becomes Fifth International Dark Sky Community in Texas

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BLANCO, Texas, U.S. – The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) officially approved the City of Blanco as an International Dark Sky Community (IDSC). Culminating a grassroots effort that began in 2007, the certification validated the work of… Read more

World’s Newest International Dark Sky Reserve Spans U.S./Mexico International Border

Milky Way above Sotol Vista

FORT DAVIS, Texas, U.S. and Coahuila, Mexico — The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory, The Nature Conservancy – Davis Mountain Preserve,  and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)  are pleased to announce the certification… Read more

Top of the Pines Newly Designated as an International Dark Sky Park

Top of the Pines at night.

OURAY COUNTY, Colorado, USA – The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has named Top of the Pines (TOP) as the newest addition to the International Dark Sky Places (IDSP) Program. As such, TOP becomes the 6th… Read more

Conserving Another Piece of Hill Country, Texas with Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Starry sky above LBJ NHP.

STONEWALL, Texas, USA – The National Park Service and the International Dark-Sky Association are pleased to announce the certification of LBJ Ranch Unit of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park as an International Dark Sky Park… Read more

Milton Reimers Ranch Park Certified as a Dark Sky Park in Travis County, Texas

View of the night sky above Reimers Ranch.

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas, USA – Travis County and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) are proud to announce that Milton Reimers Ranch Park is designated as an International Dark Sky Park. Travis County Commissioners formally accepted… 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

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Named World’s Newest International Dark Sky Park

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, in central Colorado, U.S., has been designated an International Dark Sky Park by IDA. It is the thirteenth International Dark Sky Places designation in the state and the forty-first site… Read more

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

The Milky Way showing off the dark sky of Utah

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

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