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Protecting the Night Sky March 25, 2009

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A Protected Night Sky

A Protected Night Sky

International Dark-sky Association (IDA), is a non-profit organization that is aimed at protecting night sky worldwide. Below are some of the features of the organization:

  • IDA was formed in 1988.
  • It was formed by Dr. David.L. Crowford and Dr. Tim Hunter.
  • Now, it has over 11,000 members.
  • Its goals include is to put an end to the dreadful consequences of light pollution, raising awareness about this issue and educate about quality lighting.
  • Its mission, as it is stated in the official website of the association, “is to protect and preserve the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through quality outdoor lighting.

It is noticeable that the association was formed before 20 years which means light pollution is not a new phenomenon. It was right here, beside us. Not even lurching, if we had looked around us, we would  have been able to see it. But we never noticed until it became almost irreversible.

Source: http://www.darksky.org/mc/page.dositePageId=55060&orgId=idsa 

http://s.ngm.com/2008/11/light-pollution/img/starry-night-sky-615.jpg

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International Dark Sky City March 25, 2009

Posted by linta in organizations.
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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)

                  http://www.flagstaffdarkskies.org/idsc.htm