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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

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

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

IDA Partners with Appalachian Mountain Club to Name First International Dark Sky Park in New England

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The Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Maine Woods property on Tuesday became the first International Dark Sky Park designated in New England. Because of significant light pollution affecting most of the eastern United States, there are… Read more

Colorado Town’s International Dark Sky Community Designation a Reflection of Its Spiritual and Environmental Values

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In recognition of its exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of quality lighting policies, dark sky education and citizen support, the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) announced… 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