Highlights from the 2018 Annual General Meeting

Highlights from the 2018 Annual General Meeting Thumbnail

The 2018 Annual General Meeting in Snowbird, Utah, brought together more than 170 dark sky enthusiasts from around the world to celebrate 30 years of night sky advocacy, network with other dark sky defenders, and [...]

GreaterSkies: Committed to Excellence and to IDA Thumbnail

Founded in 2006 by Juan Reyero, GreaterSkies is a small, international company that produces personalized star maps. Juan says that he has always had an interest in astronomy, and that he started making star maps…
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“The Father of Modern Space Art” Inspired a Lifelong Love of Night Skies Thumbnail

As a young boy, IDA member John Mosley vividly recalls being mesmerized by the oversized paintings of distant worlds by Chesley Bonestell in Life Magazine’s “The World We Live In.” Bonestell, “the father of modern…
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Texas Collaboration Protects Dark Skies Thumbnail

The western part of Texas is home to one of the largest oil and gas producing regions in the US, the Permian Basin. Also located in this area is the McDonald Observatory, home of the…
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Artificial Light Affects Zooplankton in Arctic Thumbnail

During the polar night in the high Arctic, a team of scientists discovered “that certain aspects of the polar marine ecosystems are extremely sensitive to potential light pollution and that traditional sampling techniques are insufficient…
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World’s Newest International Dark Sky Reserve Is Largest In Europe Thumbnail

Dark night skies remain accessible over southeastern France, thanks to efforts undertaken by a region of the country described by National Geographic as “classic landscape of traditional French life”. In recognition, Cévennes National Park has been…
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Artificial Light at Night Affects American Toad Metamorphosis and Growth Thumbnail

In a study at Case Western Reserve University, scientists tested for both direct and indirect effects of artificial light at night (ALAN) on American toads. The research was conducted over two life stages of the…
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Kanab, Utah Preserves View of the Stars with Outdoor Lighting Ordinance Thumbnail

On June 26, 2018, after a two-year citizen-led effort, the Kanab City Council enacted an outdoor lighting ordinance to protect the natural darkness that makes Kane County, Utah, a great place to see stars. Residents…
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Feeding Two Birds With One Seed Thumbnail

By: J. Scott Feierabend, Executive Director For most of my adult life, I routinely invoked the phrase of “killing two birds with one stone,” the old standby adage used to describe one’s ability to achieve…
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How Light Pollution Affects the Pennsylvanian Ecosystem Thumbnail

By guest writer, Craig Campbell As little as 100 years ago, it was possible to look up in the sky at night and see millions of stars spread across the Milky Way. Now, there are…
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Artificial Light at Night May be Contributing to “Ecological Armageddon” Thumbnail

In 2017, drastic declines of insects were reported by a team of scientists in Germany. The research indicated that the biomass of flying insects decreased more than 75% over the 27-year study period.1 In a…
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