Going dark to reconnect to the night sky

Going dark to reconnect to the night sky

  • March 13, 2019
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For those who missed it, Feb. 19 brought a super snow moon, the biggest and brightest supermoon of the year. Social media and national news sites lit up with spectacular photos of the event, with an unusually large full moon rising above the horizon. Although reminding us of the beauty of the night sky, similar events can also highlight the spread of light pollution, which dramatically limits celestial views and deprives us of those awe-inspiring encounters with the night sky.…

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Young advocates set their eyes on tackling light pollution

Young advocates set their eyes on tackling light pollution

  • February 26, 2019
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Earlier this month, the International Dark-Sky Association was contacted by a group of students  from Bioscience High School in Phoenix, Arizona. The group, Helping Achieve a Renewable Planet (H.A.R.P.), has been researching the subject of light pollution and is now looking to implement an intervention project in their community to help combat the issue. The students held a stakeholder meeting with IDA staff, IDA Phoenix chapter, and other dark sky advocates to learn more about the dark sky movement and…

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Devils River SNA designated as first International Dark Sky Sanctuary in Texas, sixth in world

Devils River SNA designated as first International Dark Sky Sanctuary in Texas, sixth in world

DEL RIO– Devils River State Natural Area has been designated an International Dark Sky Sanctuary by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), making it the only Dark Sky Sanctuary in Texas. As the sixth International Dark Sky Sanctuary to receive the title, Devils River SNA is recognized as a one of the darkest and most ecologically fragile sites in the world. “We cannot be more thrilled about Devils River SNA’s designation as the first International Dark Sky Sanctuary in Texas,” says…

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Van Gogh’s Starry Night reimagined as Amsterdam Light Festival installation

Van Gogh’s Starry Night reimagined as Amsterdam Light Festival installation

  • January 4, 2019
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Serbian artists Ivana Jelić and Pavle Petrović have reimagined Van Gogh’s famous painting The Starry Night as an LED installation over the canals of Amsterdam, to highlight the issue of light pollution in urban areas. A series of 1,400 acrylic rods illuminated by small LED lights are used to emulate Van Gogh’s impasto brushstrokes. The rods form a large-scale reproduction of a magnified section of the star-filled night sky featured in the renowned artwork. Located on a bridge at the intersection…

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America’s holiday lights can be seen from space

America’s holiday lights can be seen from space

  • December 20, 2018
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Forget going out to view your neighborhood’s Christmas lights this year: You can do it the 21st-century way, bathed in the pallid glow of a monitor. That’s because NASA has just released a wonderful bunch of satellite images of American cities, gleaming like nebulae with all their candy-colored LEDs, sparkling icicle nets, and illuminated, blow-up Santa Clauses. Note that NASA’s tech isn’t so advanced it can tell a radiant tree-topper from a porch lamp, but it has measured a seasonal…

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First of 55,000 current by GE streetlights installed in innovative regional program spanning 11 Southern California cities

First of 55,000 current by GE streetlights installed in innovative regional program spanning 11 Southern California cities

  • December 19, 2018
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The City of Murrieta, California earlier this month became the first of 11 Riverside County cities to obtain ownership of thousands of streetlights that will be retrofit with LED fixtures to minimize light pollution, enhance public safety and save approximately $60 million in reduced energy and maintenance costs over a 20-year period. The Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) is working on behalf of the 11 local jurisdictions to facilitate the purchase of streetlights from Southern California Edison (SCE) and…

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Reserve a big part of local dark sky efforts

Reserve a big part of local dark sky efforts

  • December 13, 2018
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The stars at night are big and bright … for now. But encroaching development and lights are making our views of the nightly heavens less heavenly. But several communities and individuals are working to see that this part of the Hill Country can still focus upward for inspiration and awe at night and see the Milky Way in all its glory. A Dark Sky Reserve area is being planned with Enchanted Rock State Natural Area serving as its center. The…

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New Mexico blazing a dark sky trail

New Mexico blazing a dark sky trail

  • October 31, 2018
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While New Mexico has long been a destination for dark sky enthusiasts, there had been no organized effort to promote dark sky tourism until the state’s Tourism Department got involved. On a visit to Capulin Volcano National Monument in the fall of 2017, staff members from the New Mexico Tourism Department learned about the dark sky programs there and why dark skies are important. This experience “kicked us into action,” according to David Griscom, who spearheaded the project as Tourism…

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Seeking America’s Quietest Spots: The Quest for Silence in a Loud World

Seeking America’s Quietest Spots: The Quest for Silence in a Loud World

  • October 2, 2018
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The hiker trudged up a logging road and into a valley, tracing a route that seemed unremarkable. There were no sweeping views of the mountains that towered nearby. There was no summit to scale. Yet he stopped suddenly, jubilant, after about four miles of walking. He had found exactly what he was searching for: quiet. “Let’s see,” said the hiker, Dennis Follensbee, “how we experience three minutes of silence.” In these loud times — with political foes yelling on television,…

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The deadly lure of city lights

The deadly lure of city lights

  • September 20, 2018
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Every Sept. 11, beams of light rise more than four miles into the night sky from the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum in Lower Manhattan to honor the nearly 3,000 lives lost in America’s most devastating terrorist attacks. The glowing columns elegantly trace the outlines of the twin towers. But they also beckon thousands of migrating birds into the city’s skyscraper canyons, where they can become disoriented and crash headlong into buildings. Since 2005, thanks to efforts by New York…

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