New Dark Sky Park in US & Canada To Thrill Stargazers

Stargazers looking at the Milky Way Galaxy in an American Dark Sky Park 

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Stargazers looking at the Milky Way Galaxy in an American Dark Sky Park 

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Dark skies, bright stars
Galaxy gazers can rejoice – the world’s first “transboundary” Dark Sky Park, which straddles the Canada and the US, has been officially recognised. Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada and Glacier National Park in Montana, US received full certification as an International Dark Sky Park, after meeting the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) outdoor lighting requirements. “The dark skies in the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park truly are spectacular," the CEO of Parks Canada Ron Hallman said. "Designation of the Peace Park as the world’s first international transboundary Dark Sky Park shows the world our commitment to protecting the environment, while offering opportunities for visitors to connect with nature, even at night."

Stargazing protection
The International Dark Sky Places programme was founded in 2001 to encourage communities, parks and protected areas around the world to preserve and protect dark sites through responsible lighting policies and education. There are more than 130 certified IDSPs in the world, from New Zealand to South Africa. Many are on UNESCOs World Heritage List.

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