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2013-10-11 23:01:39

The AreaMax, Evluma’s 40W LED Light for Area and Security Lighting, has been awarded the IDA (International Dark Sky Association) Seal of Approval. To qualify, a fixture cannot emit any luminous output above 90 degrees in the vertical plane. Seattle, WA (PRWEB) October 11, 2013 The AreaMax, Evluma’s 40W LED Light for Area and Security Lighting, has been awarded the IDA (International Dark Sky Association) Seal of Approval. To qualify, a fixture cannot emit any luminous output above 90...

Grant From Uwingu Fund Will Help Dark-Sky Save Our Stars
2013-06-03 13:54:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) was recently awarded a grant from the Uwingu Fund in support of the organization's new program called "Save Our Stars." According to IDA, Save Our Stars (SOS) is a program aimed to work with amateur astronomers and other groups to educate about light pollution, provide information about how it can be diminished, and educate about the importance of limiting sky pollution to protect the...

International Dark Sky Week
2013-04-06 05:30:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online International Dark Sky Week (IDSW) is kicking off this weekend in an attempt to show the world just how dark our skies can be without light pollution. The International Dark-Sky Association´s (IDA) week long festivities began on April 5 and continue through April 11. The week is designed to promote ways to help put a dent in light pollution, such as directing light downward instead of up towards the sky, which washes out the stars...

Death Valley Receives Gold Tier Dark Sky Label
2013-02-22 04:49:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) announced this week that Death Valley National Park is being designated as the largest International Dark Sky Park in the world. The association said that the park offers views similar to what could have been seen before the rise of cities, due to its seclusion from other towns. Death Valley earned a "Gold Tier" status from the sky pollution watchdog, a status awarded to only those places...

Dr. Malcolm Smith Receives IDA David Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award
2012-09-04 07:31:29

On August 29th, the lights went off and the stars turned on during a special event at Beijing Planetarium. As part of the meeting of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), Dr. Malcolm Smith, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) was honored for his long and substantial contributions to light pollution abatement on behalf of astronomical observatories and the community at large. Dr. David Silva (NOAO Director) and Bob Parks (International Dark-Sky Association Executive Director)...

Light Pollution Subject Of New Film
2012-08-29 04:47:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The International Dark-Sky Association and Loch Ness Productions are giving attendees of the International Astronomical Union Congress in Beijing a sneak peak of a full dome video on light pollution called "Losing the Dark." The video showing at the Beijing Planetarium on August 29 is a public service announcement that will give onlookers important facts about light pollution. "Our team designed the show to emphasize some of the...

PBS Documentary To Explore The Effects Of Light Pollution
2012-07-05 14:08:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The world may start to look a little darker if the Public Broadcasting Service's new campaign has an influence in the matter. PBS will be joining the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) by airing "The City Dark" - documentary that explores the problems of light pollution. IDA has been working for nearly 25 years to raise awareness about the problems light pollution causes by drowning out the night sky. Many of the issues IDA...

New Zealand's Aoraki Mackenzie Named World's Largest International Dark Sky Reserve
2012-06-10 03:00:04

Over 1,600 square miles of New Zealandʼs South Island have just been proclaimed as an International Dark Sky Reserve, making it the largest in the world. The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR), comprised of the Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Basin, is the fourth such dark sky reserve in the world. International Dark-Sky Associationʼs Executive Director Bob Parks remarks, “The new reserve is coming in at a...

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2011-01-31 11:55:00

The Isle of Sark, the smallest of four main Channel Islands, earned the title "Dark Sky Island" for its spectacular night sky views. Sark has its fair share of visitors in the summer months and is also a haven for rare wildlife. The island is full of wildflower walks, scarecrow competitions and sheep races. The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) has declared Sark the first "dark sky island" in the world. The organization is devoted to preserving the darkest and most beautiful night...

2005-08-31 07:45:00

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Last weekend, the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society set up telescopes outside the Museum of Idaho to introduce people to stargazing. But then they saw the light. All but the brightest stars and planets were blotted out by reflection of the city's downtown lights in the night sky. "We looked at Jupiter and Venus, but pretty much anything overhead, there wasn't a prayer," Mike Hart, president of the society, told the Post Register newspaper. "Those downtown lights point...


Latest International Dark-Sky Association Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Light Pollution -- Light pollution refers to excess light, created by human activities, that brightens the night sky enough to hide many stars from observers. For the average person, light pollution means that even on a clear, moonless night, only a few stars may be visible. When a city grows up near an astronomical observatory, light pollution can make the observatory effectively useless. Unlike most forms of pollution, light pollution isn't persistent: turn the lights off, and the...

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  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
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This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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