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IDA’s 2017 Board of Directors

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We're happy to introduce to you our 2017 Board of Directors! Diana Umpierre – President | Pembroke Pines, Florida Diana Umpierre (AICP, GISP) has over 25 years of experience in urban planning, geography and geoscience in the public… Read More

Press Release: Protecting Dark Skies for Astronomy and Life

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Below is the Press Release that was released on January 6th by the Lowell Observatory and National Optical Astronomy Observatory. John Barentine, IDA's Program Manager, participated in the AAS Workshop in Grapevine, TX. JOINT PRESS… Read More

Enjoying Dark Skies with Kids!

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Participating in dark sky activities gives kids first-hand, meaningful experiences that help them understand the obstacles we face in protecting our dark skies. Creating fun opportunities engages and empowers the decision makers of tomorrow. Below is… Read More

Contact Your Elected Official to Fight Against Blue-Rich LED Street Lighting

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Many cities across the globe are replacing their older street lights with newer LED technology. Specifically, with the blue-rich white LED (light-emitting diode) lighting. While many praise the LED conversions as a money saving and… Read More

Two Newly Named National Monument’s a Wonderful End-of-Year Gift to Us All

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IDA is ending 2016 with the wonderful news of President Obama's designation of two new national monuments - one in Utah and one in Nevada - setting aside an additional 1.65 million acres into the… 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

7 Gift Ideas Inspired by the Night Sky

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We know that finding the right holiday gift can be challenging, so here are some ideas for your dark-sky-loving friends and family. And of course, there are no rules stating you can't treat yourself, too! 1. IDA… 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

Come Celebrate at the Texas Night Sky Festival

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On  Saturday, March 18, 2017, International Dark-Sky Association Texas, the City of Dripping Springs – an IDA Dark Sky Community – and the Hays County Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist will host the 2nd Annual… 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