Milky Way

Unless you live in, around or near the desert wastelands of the western United States, it is pretty hard to find a place to really see the stars and the Milky Way at night because of all the light pollution.

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That is not actually the case though, there are dozens of places certified by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) as being perfect for seeing the cosmos in all its mystical wonder.

The IDA is a conservation program that promotes the stewardship of the night sky. They work with communities and local governments to help reduce light pollution by introducing new lighting practices and set up reserves within parks and rural areas to ensure that light pollution does not encroach on the night’s sky. Through this stewardship, IDA has amassed a roster of locations across the United States (and internationally) that are certified as Dark Sky Places that allow an uninhibited view of the night’s sky with no light pollution.

If you are interested in finding a Dark Sky location near you, go to the IDA website where you can search by country, state or zip code to find the one nearest you and start exploring.

 Or if you would like to join the IDA and start your quest of stewardship and changing your community around you, you can find all of that information at their home page.

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