The Milky Way arches across a beautiful vista
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Dark Skies Awareness: seeing in the dark

“Dark Skies Awareness” is one of 12 Global Cornerstone Projects during the 2009 International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009). Its goal is to raise the level of public knowledge about adverse impacts of excess artificial lighting on local environments and help more people appreciate the ongoing loss of a dark night sky for much of the world’s population. Toward this end, a range of programs and resource materials has been developed. Everyone is invited to use any of these as local solutions to a global problem.

Dark Sky News Around the World

July 2011

Dark Skies Rangers in Portugal
The Dark Skies Rangers program has its first official Dark Skies Rangers in Portugal. 9 students at a high school (Escola Secundária Maria lamas) in a course for environmental management, have successfully convinced the school board to turn off some spotlights in front of the school. The students received their Dark Skies Rangers certificates on July 9, 2011.
July 9, 2011

May 2011

4th International Symposium for Dark-sky Parks and 4th International Dark-sky Camp
27 June — 1 July 2011 at the Parc Astronomic Montsec, Catalonia, SPAIN
May 16, 2011

11th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky
October 6 — 8 2011 in Osnabrück, Germany
May 16, 2011

February 2011

Lights Out: Tiny Sark Named First 'Dark-Sky' Island
The International Dark-Sky Association has named the English Channel island of Sark its first "dark-sky" island. Read more from NPR.
February 2, 2011

December 2010

Link Between Light Pollution and Air Pollution
Research indicates that glare thrown up into the sky interferes with chemical reactions. Read more here:

December 16, 2010

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