International Dark Sky Places
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What is an International Dark Sky Place?
The International Dark Sky Places Program promotes preservation and protection of night skies across the globe. Three types of areas compose the program; communities, parks, and reserves.The links below will lead you to more information about each of these. Preserving dark skiesstarts locally, with a dedicated group of citizens, staff, or volunteers. IDA International Dark Sky Parks and Reserves are home to some of the darkest and most pristine skies in the world. IDA International Dark Sky Communities are filled with citizens concerned for the many factors that dark skies depend on and while their skies may not be perfect, they are examples to the world of how a city may light the streets without lighting the sky above.
These locations serve as reminders that with quality outdoor lighting, the extraordinary wonders of the nighttime sky and night environment are just as much a part of our lifestyle and history as are the daylight hours. In fact, without the inspiration from night sky objects, much of the world's history, art, culture, music, and literature would not have been created. This is why the International Dark Sky Places Program aims to protect locations of exceptional nighttime visages for future generations. IDSPlaces celebrate this rich heritage with innovative outreach programs meant to inspire others to cherish the sky and return the night sky to children and people of the world.
International Dark Sky Places Programs:
To start the application process please fill out this form.
Click the link above to see what our International Dark Sky Places look like from above. These images are provided by NASA Earth Observatory's release of the 'Black Marble.' Learn more on their website and in IDA's press release. Take a look yourself using the ease of Google.
Pursuing an International Dark Sky Place Designation
The International Dark-Sky Association continues to accept applications from locations wishing to join in the ranks of International Dark Sky Places Program.
Designation almost always starts with a small group of individuals who organize to seek formal protection of their nightscape. Designations are open to communities and publicly and privately managed land areas. Please read the IDSPlaces FAQ to learn more.
SUBMISSION DEADLINES AND GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATIONS: