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International Dark-Sky Association

The IDA's logo

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is a United States-based non-profit organization incorporated in 1988 by founders dark-sky movement, and is currently the largest.


  • Principal approach 1
  • International Dark Sky Places 2
    • International Dark Sky Parks 2.1
    • International Dark Sky Reserves 2.2
    • International Dark Sky Communities 2.3
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Principal approach

IDA's principal approach is to raise awareness about the value of dark, star-filled night skies and encourage their protection and restoration through education about the problems and solutions, including outdoor lighting practices that create less light pollution. In 2011, the organization had about 5,000 members in 70 countries.

Among many concerns, IDA and related organizations are collating research on light at night's (LAN) effects on human health and ecology as a result of artificial light at night. The hypertension, attention deficit disorder, obesity, diabetes and some forms of cancer.[2]

International Dark Sky Places

To promote awareness about the issues, the IDA has an International Dark Sky Places program that aims "to protect locations of exceptional nighttime visages for future generations." [3]

International Dark Sky Parks

International Dark Sky Reserves

International Dark Sky Communities

See also


  1. ^ IDA Mission & Goals
  2. ^ Stephen, M. Pauley (2004). "Lighting for the human circadian clock: recent research indicates that lighting has become a public health issue".  
  3. ^ 'What is an International Dark Sky Place?', IDS Places
  4. ^ "Hovenweep National Monument Named World's Newest International Dark Sky Park" (Press release). Tucson: SBWire. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Elan Valley Estate gets Dark Sky Status". ITV News. 2015-07-17. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  6. ^ "Isle of Coll secures 'dark isle' status". BBC News. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Keagle, Lauri Harvey (2014-06-25). "Beverly Shores named world's seventh Dark Sky Community". NWI Times. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  8. ^ Heinsius, Ryan (2014-08-05). "Sedona Becomes the Newest International Dark Sky Community". KNAU. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  9. ^ "Two Colorado Towns Come Together as Colorado’s First International Dark Sky Community status" (PDF). IDA. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Alberta Town Named First International Dark Sky Community In Canada". International Dark-Sky Association. August 12, 2015. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 

External links

  • — official site
  • International Dark-Sky Association's channel on YouTube
  • — Flagstaff Dark Skies
  • International Dark-Sky Association: Dark Sky Observing Sites & Destinations
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