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World’s First ‘Dark Sky Nation’

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TUCSON, Ariz., and FREDONIA, Ariz. (22 April 2015) – Efforts to preserve dark night skies for the benefit of future generations often begin with small groups of committed individuals. For nearly fifteen years, the International… Read More

Capitol Reef National Park Gains International Dark Sky Park Status

Milky Way over Chimney Rock, Capitol Reef National Park

TUCSON, Ariz., 16 April 2015 – Few places in the continental United States experience nights as dark as those on the Colorado Plateau, but not even the isolation of the Plateau’s wild lands make its… Read More

IDA Welcomes Weber County North Fork Park as the Newest International Dark Sky Park

A nighttime view from the summit of Ben Lomond Mountain above Utah's North Fork Park IDA International Dark Sky Park.

TUCSON, Ariz., 13 April 2015 – Utah is known as a place of contrasts, from the rustic landscapes of its National Parks and Monuments to the modern city environment of one of the fastest-growing urban… Read More

Two Colorado Towns Come Together as Colorado’s First International Dark Sky Community

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TUCSON, Ariz., and WESTCLIFFE / SILVER CLIFF, Colo. (9 March 2015) The bordering towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff in southern Colorado have come together to protect a shared natural resource their dark night skies… Read More

IDA Welcomes Seasoned Nonprofit Leader J. Scott Feierabend as New Executive Director

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Tucson, AZ 13 January 2015 – The International Dark Sky Association, a leader in night sky preservation, is excited to welcome J. Scott Feierabend as its new Executive Director. Scott comes to IDA with a… Read More

IDA Issues New Standards on Blue Light at Night

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New rules strengthen IDA’s Fixture Seal of Approval program. TUCSON, AZ 01 December 2014 — The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is pleased to announce new requirements for its Fixture Seal of 
Approval (FSA) program of… Read More

Arizona’s Oracle State Park Named World’s Twentieth International Dark Sky Park

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TUCSON, Ariz., and ORACLE, Ariz. 12 November 2014 — Nestled between the bright cities of Phoenix and Tucson, Oracle State Park Center for Environmental Education is a dark sky oasis in the desert. Now the… Read More

IDA Responds to 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics

A shielded LED outdoor streetlight against a setting sky.

Tucson, AZ 7 October, 2014 –The Nobel Committee announced today that it has awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for physics to three Japanese physicists for their invention of a revolutionary lighting technology. Isamu Akasaki and… Read More

Germany’s Rhön Biosphere Reserve Named World’s Ninth International Dark Sky Reserve

Rhön (Germany)

TUCSON, Ariz., and WASSERKUPPE, Germany – Far from major cities, the truly dark skies of Germany’s Rhön Biosphere Reserve offers visitors a respite from the frenzied rhythms of 21st century urban life. In today designating… Read More

Two Texas Parks & Wildlife Properties Achieve International ‘Dark Sky’ Status

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Texas state parks remain among the few public places in one of the nation’s most populous and increasingly urbanized states where the starry heavens can be viewed in all their celestial glory… Read More