Count Stars for Dark Skies!
Three global star counts are held every year. These citizen-science star counts are a great way to acquaint school age children with the night sky. Click on the images below to learn more about individual programs and contribute your measurements to a worldwide sky monitoring effort.
Dark Skies Awareness Podcasts from 365 Days of Astronomy
Sign up for a daily five-minute podcast on all astronomy subjects under the sun, moon, and stars at365 Days of Astronomy >>
IYA2009 Cornerstone Projects
Visit the Dark Skies Awareness site
IYA has created a number resources available to promote IYA in your community. Click on the image to visit the resources page.
Dark Skies Awareness Traveling Displays
These displays are designed for download on your home computer for use at a variety of events. Print them at home or take them to your local office supply store to have large scale versions printed. These are designed to be image rich so that they can be used throughout the world in conjunction with brochures and supplemental materials. Currently brochures are available in English. (Note: the posters are very high resolution and may take some time to download.
(Designed with panels to be printed on 6' table top displays)
Please also see IDA displays
Images credited to anyone other than IDA may not be used without the consent of the photographer.
IDA Executive Director Bob Parks was recently interviewed about light pollution on CBS This Morning. Watch the video here.
Look for "Where Did All The Stars Go? - How Light Pollution Is Stealing The Night" a nine-page article in the December 2013 issue of Men's Journal. Read Excerpt
IDA's Current Lighting Estimates
Check out IDA's new lighting estimates: World Outdoor Lighting Facts. Click here to see a larger graphic
Member of the IDA Board of Directors interviewed on slashdot.org:
IDA Board Member, Kelly Beatty, was interviewed on Slashdot about the importance of protecting the night sky and how LEDs are encouraging the change. Read More >>
New Mexican Skies Protected with Dark Sky Park Designation
The 34,000-acre Chaco Culture National Historical Park has been designated as the world's newest "Gold Tier" International Dark Sky Park. Read more >>
IDA Dark Sky Giveaway Winner
Skyglow Berlin Project for Kids
Uwingu Supplies Grant to Help Save Our Stars
The International Dark-Sky Association recently became the recipient of a grant from the Uwingu Fund in support of the new IDA- program Save Our Stars. Read the IDA Press Release >>
Measuring Night Sky Brightness?
There's an App for That
Astronomers and dark sky-advocates take note—you can now measure the brightness of the night sky using your smartphone. Read the IDA Press Release >>
Interest in our International Dark Sky Places is on the rise. Learn all about them here.>>
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