International Dark-Sky Association

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is a United States-based non-profit organization incorporated in 1988 by founders David Crawford, a professional astronomer, and Tim Hunter, a physician/amateur astronomer. The mission of the IDA is "to preserve and protect the night time environment and our heritage of dark skies through quality outdoor lighting."[1]

International Dark-Sky Association
Founded1988
United States
HeadquartersUnited States
Website www.darksky.org/ Edit this on Wikidata

Light pollution is the result of outdoor lighting that is not properly shielded, allowing light shine into the eyes and night sky. Direct light that shines into the eyes is called glare, and light directed into the night sky above the horizon causes skyglow. Lighting can also cause light trespass when it enters areas where unwanted (e.g. a neighbor's yard and windows). IDA was the first organization in the dark-sky movement, and is currently the largest.

Principal approachEdit

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.

International Dark Sky PlacesEdit

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." [2]

International Dark Sky ParksEdit

International Dark Sky ReservesEdit

International Dark Sky CommunitiesEdit

Fixture Seal of ApprovalEdit

To promote the use of responsible outdoor lighting that minimizes light pollution, the IDA offers a Fixture Seal of Approval program. The program provides objective, third-party certification for lighting products that minimize glare, reduce light trespass and don't pollute the night sky.[24]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ IDA Mission & Goals Archived 2009-03-28 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ 'What is an International Dark Sky Place?', IDS Places
  3. ^ "Hovenweep National Monument Named World's Newest International Dark Sky Park" (Press release). Tucson: SBWire. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  4. ^ "Elan Valley Estate gets Dark Sky Status". ITV News. 2015-07-17. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  5. ^ "Yeongyang Firefly Eco Park (South Korea)". Archived from the original on 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  6. ^ "First International Dark Sky Park in Ireland Receives Accreditation". IDA. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  7. ^ "Mayo Dark Sky Park". ballycroynationalpark.ie. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  8. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/07/03/warrumbungles-becomes-australias-first-dark-sky-park/
  9. ^ "First Dark Sky Park in Australia Designated". IDA. 2016-07-04.
  10. ^ "2017: Summer Guide to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park" (PDF). nps.gov. National Park Service. p. 1. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Ramon Crater Named First International Dark Sky Place in the Mideast". IDA. 2017-09-14. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  12. ^ "Fifth International Dark Sky Park in Arizona Designated". IDA. 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2018-02-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Great Sand Dunes Designated as International Dark Sky Park". IDA. 2019-05-10. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  15. ^ "Hehuan Mountain becomes Taiwan's first International Dark Sky Park". IDA. 2019-07-31. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  16. ^ December 17, on; 2019 (2019-12-17). "El Morro National Monument Certified as an International Dark Sky Park". International Dark-Sky Association. Retrieved 2020-01-04.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  17. ^ "The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)". International Dark-Sky Association. 7 November 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  18. ^ "Isle of Coll secures 'dark isle' status". BBC News. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  19. ^ Keagle, Lauri Harvey (2014-06-25). "Beverly Shores named world's seventh Dark Sky Community". NWI Times. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  20. ^ Heinsius, Ryan (2014-08-05). "Sedona Becomes the Newest International Dark Sky Community". KNAU. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  21. ^ "Two Colorado Towns Come Together as Colorado's First International Dark Sky Community status" (PDF). IDA. 9 March 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-31. Retrieved 2015-08-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ "Alberta Town Named First International Dark Sky Community In Canada". International Dark-Sky Association. August 12, 2015. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  24. ^ "Fixture Seal of Approval". International Dark-Sky Association. 2014-09-04. Retrieved 2020-01-29.

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