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International Dark Sky Parks

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An IDA International Dark Sky Park (IDSP) is a land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment. The land may be publicly owned, or privately owned provided that the landowner(s) consent to the right of permanent, ongoing public access to specific areas included in the IDA designation.

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

Certified IDA International Dark Sky Parks

2015 Submission Deadline Dates

26 January 2015 27 July 2015
23 March 2015 28 September 2015
25 May 2015 23 November 2015

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Download the current Dark Sky Park guidelines:

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

Helpful hints

Guidance on how to conduct a night sky quality survey

For current International Dark Sky Parks