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Capture the Dark 2021: Meet the Judges

Meet the Judges of the 2021 Capture the Dark Photo Contest

In celebration of the impact that photography has had on the dark sky movement, the International Dark-Sky Association is hosting the second annual Capture the Dark Photography Contest. To judge the submissions, we put together… 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

Energy Efficiency Day: Celebrate by Reducing Light Pollution

Celebrate Energy Efficiency Day by reducing light pollution.

This October 7, celebrate the fifth annual Energy Efficiency Day with us! Held on the first Wednesday of October, this day is meant to showcase the benefits of energy efficiency. It’s the collaborative effort of… Read more

Ways to Connect with the Cosmos This National Public Lands Day

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What is National Public Lands Day? Established in 1994, National Public Lands Day is held annually on the fourth Saturday in September. This event is typically the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands… Read more

Cielos Oscuros: IDA Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month

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As an international organization, we celebrate the positive impact every culture imparts on the dark sky movement every day. This month, we’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the Latinx stories and… Read more

Comprehensive Report on Satellite Constellations Finds that Astrophotography will be Severely Affected

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By: Ruskin Hartley and John Barentine  Last summer, a new phenomenon startled night-sky watchers everywhere: for the first few weeks of their operation, Starlink satellites appeared as a group of objects orbiting together, a bright… Read more

Capture the Dark Photo Contest Finalists

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Last month, the International Dark-Sky Association launched its first-ever dark sky photography contest. The Capture the Dark Photo Contest called for photos of the beautiful and dark night sky, images that captured the impact of… Read more

It’s Earth Day! Is your home lighting nature, neighbor and night sky friendly?

What better way to celebrate Earth Day (and Night!) than by making your home dark sky friendly? In recognition of International Dark Sky Week, IDA has released a simple home lighting assessment to help you… Read more

Niue is World’s First Country to Become a Dark Sky Place

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Media Release The Pacific nation now provides protection for sky, sea, and land. The Pacific island of Niue is the world’s first whole country to become an International Dark Sky Place. It has received formal accreditation… Read more

Looking Up! Inspires Artistic Exploration of the Night Sky

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Guest post by IDA member, Jim Altenstadter  One year ago, I attended the Annual General Meeting of the International Dark-Sky Association in Snowbird, Utah. I was captivated by the many presentations featuring photographic images of… Read more