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IDA News October 9

IDA issues statement on LEDs

After the October 7 announcement that three Japanese physicists received the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics for the invention of LEDs, IDA issued a statement calling for the responsible use of the new technology.

Grand Canyon and IDA staff work together

IDA staff members Matt Root and John Barentine recently traveled to Grand Canyon National Park to see firsthand how National Park Service staff are taking inventory of the thousands of lights in the park. IDA's work with the park will help Grand Canyon and other U.S. national parks achieve their goal of becoming International Dark Sky Parks.

Texas leads nation in dark sky protection

Texas is fast becoming a key national leader in dark sky preservation. Two of its state parks were designated Dark Sky Parks this year, galvanizing the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) to promote dark skies across all Texas state parks.

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Congratulations to Sedona, Arizona!

Skywatchers enjoy the dark skies of Red Rock State Park near Sedona.

Credit: Susan Amon

Last month, IDA welcomed Sedona into the family of International Dark Sky Communities. Known worldwide for its spectacular landscapes, Sedona has worked hard to ensure protection of its nighttime environment, as well. Learn more about Sedona's designation.

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The New Issue of Nightscape is Here! July 2014

Our latest issue of Nightscape is sporting a new look and chock-full of great content. Our cover story, "Catching the Cosmos: Pioneering Photo Expedition Delivers Impressive Images," brings you eye-catching photography from the European Southern Observatory Ultra High Definition Expedition. In this issue, you will also learn about Chile's innovative new outdoor lighting policy, the latest in light pollution research, IDA updates and much more.

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IDA Designates New Dark Sky Park








The star-filled skies of Hovenweep National Monument along the Utah-Colorado border have new protections as the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) announced today it has designated Hovenweep as the world's seventeenth International Dark Sky Park. In designating the new Park at the Gold-tier sky quality level, IDA recognizes the notably dark skies over the Monument and efforts of the National Park Service (NPS) to protect them for future generations of visitors.

It is hoped that today's IDA recognition of Hovenweep will help further the conservation of dark night skies on the lands of the neighboring Navajo and Ute Mountain Nations, as well as at nearby Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.

About the IDA Dark Sky Places Program
IDA established the International Dark Sky Places conservation program in 2001 to recognize excellent stewardship of the night sky. Designations are based on stringent outdoor lighting standards and innovative community outreach. Since the program began, seven Communities, 17 Parks and eight Reserves have received International Dark Sky designations. For more information about the International Dark Sky Places Program, visit

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