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Love the stars? Astronomers have a unique suggestion for Valentine’s Day

Love the stars? Astronomers have a unique suggestion for Valentine’s Day Thumbnail

PRESS RELEASE: February 11, 2020 from National Science Foundation OIR Lab Few sights are more romantic than a star-filled sky, but there are fewer and fewer places on Earth where we can still enjoy a truly [...]

Women and Girls in the Dark Sky Movement Thumbnail

February 11th is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day to celebrate the incredible contributions women have made to science and technology, highlight the gender inequities in the industry, and inspire…
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The Life-Changing Magic of Dark Skies Thumbnail

“I seriously believe that a mere gaze at a starry night sky can completely change people and give them hopes and dreams of making this a better world, because that is exactly what happened to me,”…
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What Does Lettuce Have To Do With My Night Sky? Thumbnail

by John C. Barentine, Ph.D. Director of Public Policy Residents of cities in towns in North America and Europe increasingly report strange glows in the night sky. Arizonans see their skies light up bright purple…
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A Bright Star in the Dark Sky World Thumbnail

Cindy Luongo Cassidy, creator of the “Be a Star” program in Texas, is a bright star among dark sky advocates. While her awards, accomplishments, and leadership roles in the dark sky realm are substantial, including…
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IDA Responds to Satellite Megaconstellations Thumbnail

Mega constellations, also known as low earth-orbit (“LEO”) satellite constellations, are webs of networked satellites that orbit the Earth at altitudes of 2,000 km or less intended to provide global telecommunications services. The brightness and…
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Dr. T.K. Lawless Park, Michigan, Designated International Dark Sky Park Thumbnail

The Cass County Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce that Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park has been designated an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association, making it one of only two…
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Alpes Azur Mercantour Becomes Third International Dark Sky Reserve in France Thumbnail

The International Dark-Sky Association is pleased to announce the designation of Alpes Azur Mercantour as an International Dark Sky Reserve. The site is the third International Dark Sky Reserve in France, joining Pic du Midi…
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Why do “Mega-constellations” Matter to the Dark Sky Community? Thumbnail

Mega constellations, also known as low earth-orbit (“LEO”) satellite constellations, are webs of networked satellites, which orbit the Earth at altitudes of 2,000 km or less. These webs of satellites are intended to offer uninterrupted…
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A Constellation of the Ten Most Influential Dark Sky Publications of 2019 Thumbnail

The dark sky movement is gaining more attention every year. 2019 saw a record number of publications related to dark skies. Here is IDA’s constellation of the ten most influential dark sky publications of 2019…
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Important Update Regarding IDSP Application Deadlines Thumbnail

In response to growing interest in the International Dark Sky Places Program (IDSP), IDA’s International Dark Sky Places Committee (DSPC) has approved a revised application submission and review schedule for the program, beginning in 2020…
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