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International Dark Sky Week: 5 Ways to Support Dark Skies Right Now

The nighttime environment is a crucial natural resource for all life on Earth, but the glow of uncontrolled outdoor lighting has hidden the stars, radically changing the nighttime environment. International Dark Sky Week draws attention… 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

Eyes In The Sky: Exploring Global Light Pollution With Satellite Maps

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Billions of people around the world routinely experience light pollution in the form of skyglow, the ever-present “haze” of light over cities at night. It comes from light on the ground scattering in the atmosphere… Read More

You’re Never too Young (or Old) to Become a Dark Sky Advocate

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By high school senior and dark sky advocate Jessica Elliott When I was in the third grade, my class took a trip to a wetlands to see the way Earth is interconnected with the animals… Read More

Learn why you shouldn’t bare your bulbs! Watch now…

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Lighting demonstration by Keith Kreuger, IDA Pinal County (Arizona) Chapter Leader, illustrating the difference between a bare bulb and a shielded bulb. No one likes to look at a bare light bulb. The light is… Read More

5 Things You Can Do to Protect the Night Sky

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Light pollution affects everybody! The good news is that light pollution, unlike many other forms of pollution, is reversible and each one of us can make a difference. Here are a few easy, practical solutions… Read More

How to Enact a Lighting Ordinance

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By  Guest Writer Bob Gent Many of us are aware of the serious problems from light pollution. Blinding glare is a safety problem, light in your bedroom window disrupts sleep, bright lights disorient wildlife, there… Read More

How to Do Your Own Lights Out Challenge

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By Mary Stewart Adams, Headlands International Dark Sky Park Program Director "If you can't win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record." Every year in August, the Perseid Meteor Shower comes to its… Read More

How To Start A Local Dark Skies Group

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By Ed Stewart, Dark Skies, Inc., of the Wet Mountain Valley The 2015 designation of the adjacent Colorado towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff as an International Dark Sky Community is the direct result of an active… Read More

May the Darkest Towns Win!

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Lights are going out in Northern Michigan. On August 11, two competitions will pit neighboring towns in Emmet County against one another in the annual Lights Outs Challenge! From 10:30-11:30 p.m., residents, businesses and visitors… Read More