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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

2017 Submission Deadline Dates

28 November 2016 23 January 2017
27 March 2017 22 May 2017
24 July  2017 25 September 2017
27 November 2017

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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