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Photography plays a powerful role in the dark sky movement. A photograph of the naturally dark sky connects those who’ve never laid eyes on the naturally dark sky to a universe hidden behind the veil [...]

Fight for the Stars

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The following is a guest post by dark sky advocate Emma Schmidt, from Austin, Texas, USA. Hello! I am Emma Schmidt, a Girl Scout Ambassador in Troop 145. I just finished high school in Austin…
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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Named World’s Newest International Dark Sky Park Thumbnail

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…
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Do you know a dark sky advocate who deserves recognition for their work protecting the night from light pollution? Whether they have dedicated decades to reducing light pollution, brought innovative dark sky solutions to the…
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Towns of Nucla and Naturita, Colorado, Jointly Designated an International Dark Sky Community Thumbnail

The International Dark Sky Association today announced the designation of the Towns of Nucla and Naturita, Colorado, as an International Dark Sky Community, reflecting the outcome of a rigorous, eighteen-month nomination process. Nucla and Naturita…
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Zion National Park Accreditation Completes Dark Skies Designations in ‘Mighty Five’ Utah National Parks Thumbnail

The National Park Service and IDA announced today that Zion National Park in Utah, U.S., has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park. Following Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks, Zion…
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Each month the International Dark-Sky Association features an IDA Advocate from the worldwide network of volunteers working to protect the night. This month we’re highlighting the work of Georgia MacMillan in Ireland with an article…
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White text that reads endangered species day in all caps surrounded by a white circle on a dark blue background.

Every year on the third Friday in May, people all around the world celebrate Endangered Species Day by learning about and taking action to protect threatened and endangered species. Light pollution has significant impacts on…
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Fixture Seal of Approval Fixtures mounted on the exterior of a building and pointing warm light downward.

Since its inception in 2002, IDA’s Fixture Seal of Approval Program has provided certification for dark sky-friendly lighting that minimizes glare, reduces light trespass, and doesn’t pollute the night sky. These dark sky-friendly fixtures provide…
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IDA Partners with Appalachian Mountain Club to Name First International Dark Sky Park in New England Thumbnail

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

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…
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