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Stephen C. Foster State Park Named First International Dark Sky Park in Georgia (U.S.)

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IDA has designated Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp of southern Georgia, U.S., as a Gold-tier International Dark Sky Park. The park’s new status makes it the first place in the state of… Read More

Big Cypress Becomes First U.S. National Preserve To Earn Dark Sky Park Accreditation

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The National Park Service and IDA are pleased to announce that Big Cypress National Preserve has been designated an International Dark Sky Park. With the extent of urbanization in the eastern United States it is… Read More

Lauwersmeer National Park Becomes Second Dark Sky Park Named In The Netherlands

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The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) today certified Lauwersmeer National Park in Friesland and Groningen, Netherlands, as only the second International Dark Sky Park in Holland. The designation for Lauwersmeer is special because the Netherlands is one… Read More

12 Stunning Dark Sky Places in the UK and Ireland

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Ireland and the United Kingdom are home to 12 IDA International Dark Sky Places. That’s a lot of protected night skies! Learn more about these inspiring places working to fight light pollution and educate the public… Read More

Second Utah State Park Named IDA Dark Sky Park

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After a two-year application process, Goblin Valley State Park has been formally designated as an International Dark Sky Park. It is the second unit in the Utah State Parks system to gain this status, following… Read More

Happy Centennial to the National Park Service!

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Today, August 24, marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. That’s 100 years of protecting our national treasures, including our dark night skies! With the help and support the NPS Natural Sounds and Night… Read More

US National Monument Designated Dark Sky Park on its 100th Birthday

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IDA is proud to announce the destination of  Capulin Volcano National Monument as a Gold-tier International Dark Sky Park on the centennial of its founding on August 9, 1916. The park is part of a small family… Read More

The Psychology of Dark Skies

An aerial photo of Sark, Channel Islands.

By Guest Writer Ada Blair I’ve been a regular visitor to the Isle of Sark since 2010 when a close friend of mine moved there. Sark, at only 5.5 square kilometres, is the smallest of the… Read More

Grad Student Helps Acadia with Dark Sky Bid

Three people sit looking over the water at Acadia National Park. The night sky is filled with star and you can see a hint of he Milky Way.

Guest post by Locher Grove It’s not easy to find dark skies along the East Coast of the continental United States.  Development and expansion have increased light pollution along the seaboard, disrupting ecosystems and stargazing. … Read More

First Dark Sky Park in Australia Designated

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Warrumbungle National Park in west-central New South Wales (NSW) has been designated Australia’s first IDA International Dark Sky Park, recognizing and protecting its key role in Australian astronomical research. “Warrumbungle’s new status as a Dark Sky Park is a… Read More