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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

Dinosaur National Monument Designated as an International Dark Sky Park

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Dinosaur, Colorado and Jensen, Utah – Dinosaur National Monument and the International Dark-Sky Association are pleased to announce the designation of Dinosaur as an International Dark Sky Park. This distinction recognizes the skies above Dinosaur as… Read more

Pitcairn Islands Announced International Dark Sky Sanctuary

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAPRIL 4, 2019 — ADAMSTOWN, PITCAIRN — The remote Pitcairn Islands group has been named the world’s newest International Dark Sky Sanctuary by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) today. This makes Pitcairn one of… Read more

Remembering Robert “Bob” L. Gent

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  The dark sky community has lost a long-time friend and enthusiastic supporter of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). Bob Gent, retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, former space systems officer, astronomy enthusiast, and… Read more

Fulda, Germany Earns International Dark Sky Community Status, First in the Country

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The International Dark-Sky Association is pleased to announce the designation of Fulda, Germany as a Provisional International Dark Sky Community. The designation marks the first International Dark Sky Community in Germany. Located near the western edge… Read more

Devils River State Natural Area Designated as First International Dark Sky Sanctuary in Texas, Sixth in World

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DEL RIO— Devils River State Natural Area has been designated an International Dark Sky Sanctuary by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), making it the only Dark Sky Sanctuary in Texas. As the sixth International Dark… Read more

IDA Accepting Applications for Community-Friendly Sports Lighting Design Certification

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In recent years, IDA has witnessed a marked increase in the number of outdoor sports lighting complexes built in urban and suburban neighborhoods. In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that more than 2,000 outdoor… Read more