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The Night Sky and You

By: Dawn Davies, Public Advocacy Volunteer IDA Public Advocacy Volunteer and amateur astronomer, Dawn Davies, shares the hidden wonders of the night sky to engage our sense of wonder and inspire exploration of the night… Read More

LIMITED EDITION IDA Poster by Tyler Nordgren

Artist Tyler Nordgren, widely known for his classic images of the night sky and other wondrous landscapes, has generously created 100 limited edition, signed and uniquely numbered posters for 2017 International Dark Sky Week. This… Read More

Quadrantids Will be Nature’s Fireworks to Start 2017 Off Right

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2017 is set to start off in a spectacular fashion on January 4th with nature's "fireworks" display of the Quadrantids. The Quadrantids meteor shower is anticipated to best be seen from the Northern Hemisphere where… Read More

Geminid Meteor Shower Sure to Make the Holidays Sparkle

White streaks across a night sky are from the 2013 Geminid Meteor Showers.

This December features one of the best meteor showers of the year. During the peak of the shower, you may be able to see as many as 120 shooting stars per hour, one of the highest… Read More

Great Balls of Fire! Two Meteor Showers in November

A fireball from the Taurids meteor shower against the Northern Lights near Keller, Washington.

This month offers several opportunities for seeing meteor showers and maybe even a fireball or two! The Northern Taurid and Leonid meteors showers will take us through most of the month of November. Here’s what… Read More

Don’t Miss the Orionid Meteor Shower!

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Halley's Comet is only visible from Earth once every 75 years, but residual chunks from its tail generate two annual meteor showers: the Eta Aquarids in May and the Orionids in October. It won’t be… Read More

7 Pieces of Art Inspired by the Night Sky

The Starry Night painted in 1889 by Vincent van Gogh.

Until recently, for all of human history, our ancestors experienced a sky brimming with stars – a night sky that inspired science, religion, philosophy, literature and art. Unfortunately, we’ll never know the great art we’ve… Read More

5 Stunning “Moonbow” Photos

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We've all seen rainbows. But have you ever seen a moonbow? This rare phenomenon, also known as a lunar rainbow, occurs at night when light from the Moon illuminates falling water drops in the atmosphere… Read More

Watch Dean Regas Talk about Protecting Night Skies

Dean Regas – astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory, renowned astronomy educator and co-host of PBS’s Star Gazers – talks about the importance of protecting night skies and supporting the International Dark-Sky Association. Right now there… Read More

Halley’s Comet is Back! At Least its Remnants Are.

Meteor seen from the site of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array in Chile.

Halley's Comet is only visible from Earth once every 75 years, but residual chunks separated from its tail hundreds of years ago generate two annual meteor showers: the Eta Aquarids in April/May and the Orionids… Read More