Dark Skies - Starry Nights
Please read below and consider supporting the efforts of Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB) in pursuing a Dark-Sky Community designation for the City of Sedona.
Sedona is recognized worldwide as one of the most unique and picturesque locations in the United States, defined in daylight by its distinctive Red Rock landscape and beautiful Oak Creek Canyon.
Sedona also offers a rich night sky: it is a place where on cloudless nights the Milky Way is not just visible but cuts a wide and naturally bright swath across the sky.
How Can We Continue To Protect Our Night Skies?
Designating Sedona as a Dark-Sky Community by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) would raise awareness of Sedona’s spectacular night view of the heavens and provide incentive for its preservation. Partnering with the IDA will help the community and our elected leaders to solve light-pollution problems.
How Can Sedona Become a Dark-Sky Community?
Keep Sedona Beautiful is pursuing a Dark-Sky Community designation for the City of Sedona from the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). The City’s stringent Lighting Ordinance already fulfills one of the requirements.
Another requirement is to demonstrate support from the community. If you are in favor of dark skies and less light pollution by use of safer, better-directed and -shielded lighting, please write a letter to Keep Sedona Beautiful, stating you support its efforts to pursue a Dark-Sky Community designation for the City of Sedona.
Click here for a sample letter.
What is the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)?
IDA is the recognized authority on light pollution. Founded in 1988, IDA was the first organization to call attention to the hazards of light pollution, and in 24 years of operation its accomplishments have been tremendous.
IDA promotes one simple idea: light what you need, when you need it. They know some light at night is necessary for safety and recreation. They work with manufacturers, planners, legislators, and citizens to provide energy-efficient options that direct the light where you want it to go, not uselessly up into the sky.
What Other Cities are Dark-Sky Communities?
Currently, there are three cities in the United States that are Dark-Sky Communities. They are Flagstaff, the first city to receive the designation, Borrego Springs, CA, and Homer Glen, IL.
Alone in the night
On a dark hill
With pines around me
Spicy and still,
And a heaven full of stars
Over my head,
White and topaz
And misty red;
Myriads with beating
Hearts of fire
Cannot vex or tire;
Up the dome of heaven
Like a great hill,
I watch them marching
Stately and still,
And I know that I
Am honored to be
Of so much majesty.