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An IDA International Dark Sky Community is a town, city, municipality or other legally organized community that has shown exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of a quality outdoor lighting ordinance, dark sky education and citizen support of dark skies. Dark Sky Communities excel in their efforts to promote responsible lighting and dark sky stewardship, and set good examples for surrounding communities.

If you are interested in applying or learning more about how to become a Dark Sky Community click here.

Read “How To Start A Local Dark Skies Group” for some good suggestions on ways to start and sustain a bid for IDA Dark Sky Community status.

Certified IDA International Dark Sky Communities

2016 Submission Deadline Dates

23 November 2015 25 January 2016
28 March 2016 30 May 2016
25 July 2016 26 September 2016
28 November 2016

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Download the current Dark Sky Community guidelines:

Chinese translation courtesy of IDA Beijing / Starry Sky Project of China

For current International Dark Sky Communities

Writing Dark Sky Community Annual Reports