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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

5 Dark Sky Highlights of 2016

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1. Sixteen Dark Sky Places Announced Our International Dark Sky Places is having another great year! As of this writing, IDA has designated 16 new International Dark Sky Places in 2016. The new dark sky… Read More

“Saving the Desert’s Dark Skies”; A Sixth Grader’s Poem Defending the Night Skies

Stars and the Milky Way above a hillside of Saguaro cactus east of Peridot, Arizona.

Recently, IDA received an email with a poem written by Xander Clinkingbeard, a sixth grader in Tucson, AZ. Following a presentation he watched at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum put on by Tucson's IDA chapter members… Read More

7 Gift Ideas Inspired by the Night Sky

A picture of a starry sky with a holiday bow, like a present, and the wording "Gift ideas inspired by the night sky."

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

Get Your 2017 IDA Calendar!

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Less than 100 years ago, everyone could look up and see a spectacular starry night sky. But not today … According to the “World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness,” 99 percent of U.S. and… 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

The Importance of Awe

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Guest post by William Sheehan, courtesy of Sky & Telescope While struggling in abject poverty in Nashville after the Civil War, future astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard received a Bible from his Sunday school teacher. He… Read More

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

Annual “Earth & Sky” Photo Contest Now Open

“The Enchanted Forest” by Lyubov Trifonova. The Moon and the northern lights lit up the snow-covered forest in Murmansk, northwestern Russia, Dec. 2014. The first winner of the 2015 International Earth & Sky Photo Contest, Beauty of Night Sky category.

By Guest Writer David Malin, The World at Night and "Earth and Sky" Photography Contest Judge The World at Night (TWAN) is once again holding its "Earth and Sky" photography contest. The contest, now in… Read More