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13 Stunning Starry Night Photos

Exmoor National Park, an International Dark Sky Reserve in England. Credit: Exmoor National Park.

IDA established the International Dark Sky Places conservation program in 2001 to recognize excellent stewardship of the night sky. Designations are based on stringent outdoor lighting standards and innovative community outreach. Enjoy exploring these stunning… Read More

Act Now to Preserve the Grand Canyon Area Night Skies

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We need your help! You’ve probably heard the exciting news that Grand Canyon National Park has been designated a Dark Sky Park! Well, right now there is a rare opportunity to extend night sky protections to… Read More

Grand Canyon Designated a Dark Sky Park

The summer Milky Way sets over Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by the U.S. National Park Service.

The International Dark-Sky Association and the National Park Service are excited to announce that Grand Canyon National Park is now a Provisional IDA International Dark Sky Park. “The designation of Grand Canyon National Park as an… Read More

Utah State Park Designated Newest Dark Sky Park

The Milky Way is shown in the sky above a yurt at Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah. Photo credit: Bret Edge.

We are pleased to announce the designation of Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah as an International Dark Sky Park, the first such designation for Utah State Parks. The 5,362-acre park offers stunning views… Read More

World’s Newest International Dark Sky Reserve is in the Heart of Southeast England

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The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) have today, 10 May, named the South Downs National Park as the world’s newest International Dark Sky Reserve. Scott Feierabend, Executive Director of the IDA, said: “We are pleased to… Read More

First International Dark Sky Park In Ireland Receives Accreditation

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The International Dark-Sky Association has granted Gold-tier International Dark Sky Park status to Ballycroy National Park & Wild Nephin Wilderness – to be jointly recognized as Mayo International Dark Sky Park. County Mayo, situated in… Read More

Flagstaff Area National Monuments Named International Dark Sky Park

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The National Park Service and International Dark-Sky Association are pleased to announce Flagstaff Area National Monuments – Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki – have been designated as an International Dark Sky Park by… Read More

Happy National Park Week!

Canyonlands National Park, an International Dark Sky Park in Utah.

It’s National Park Week and a great time to visit one of our national treasures. For the entire week (April 16-24), all U.S. National Parks are free! And, this year is the 100th anniversary of the… Read More

Owls and Stargazing at the Headlands Dark Sky Park

Children gather around a birding expert during a "Owl Branding & Stargazing" event at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Michigan.

The Headlands, a 600-acre IDA International Dark Sky Park on the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan will be hosting two evenings of “Owl Banding and Stargazing” during International Dark Sky Week. The events will be… Read More

Big Park, Arizona, Named International Dark Sky Community

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In recognition of local efforts to promote and protect its naturally dark nighttime environment, the International Dark-Sky Association has named Big Park, Arizona, an International Dark Sky Community. The village, also informally known as the… Read More