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International Dark Sky City March 25, 2009

Posted by linta in organizations.

News about light pollution is not always depressing. For example, will you believe if I say that there is a completely dark sky over the U.S.? Don’t be so amazed. It is the fact. The city is called Flagstaff, which is located in Northern Arizona, a state in the U.S.

The protected night sky over Flagstaff

The protected night sky over Flagstaff

In 2001, Flagstaff was declared as the first International Dark Sky City by the International Dark Sky Association(IDA). This designation is given to cities or places “with exceptional commitment to and success in implementing the ideals of dark sky preservation and/or restoration, and their promotion through quality outdoor lighting.” If you take a close look at the picture of the protected night sky over Flagstaff, you can see numerous stars that you can possibly cannot see anywhere else. Amazing, isn’t it?

Sources: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap080416.html (image)




1. auwstudents - April 2, 2009


This photo is rather amazing! Look at all those stars. Seldom do people have the pleasure of seeing such beauty at night. I have been to Flagstaff once, but do not recall the night sky. If I visit again, I’ll be sure to look up!

Keep up the good work,
Ms Amy

2. poorvoices - April 2, 2009

Another piece of information from my brilliant friend.
Visiting your blog always adds up more knowledge to unknown and unheard things.

Great post.


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