Dark Sky Reserve

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There are 15 certified dark sky reserves in the world, with the third-largest being right here in Idaho. These designated areas have little to no light pollution, making it easy to see a lot of stars. However, the area here is being threatened by growing light pollution.


The Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve has received the highest possible ranking by the International Dark Sky Association. It's the only dark sky reserve in the U.S. However, dark sky advocate and astro tourism expert Michael Marlin is worried the reserve might lose its status as cities like Boise and Twin Falls continue to grow. Idaho Matters explores the dark sky site and finds out what is putting the place in jeopardy.

Most people in the United States can't see a full night sky that's not affected by light pollution. But, in a remote corner of Nevada, the Milky Way Galaxy shines bright enough at night to cast a shadow.

The area is known as Massacre Rim and it was recently designated as a Dark Sky Sanctuary.

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The Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve protects one of the darkest places in the United States and provides stargazers a pristine view of the heavens. Communities in and around the reserve recently signed on to a management plan for the sprawling reserve.

Dinosaur National Monument is known for its fossils and footprints. But now it could become known for its stargazing.

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When is the last time you’ve had a clear view of the Milky Way? Chances are you’re among the 99 percent of Americans who can’t see all that much of the night sky from where you live.


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With up to a million people predicted to come to Idaho to watch the solar eclipse on August 21, the sky is big business. While day turning to night is rare to see, the night sky is a spectacle unto itself.