The U.S. Now Has Its First Dark Sky Reserve- Ed Cannady Photo

Stargazers in search of pristine views of the night sky should be heading to Idaho.

The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) approved the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve’s application to become the first dark sky reserve in the United States on Monday. It is now one of 12 official dark sky reserves in the world.

“Today’s creation of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve is a milestone in the history of IDA’s International Dark Sky Places Program,” said IDA Executive Director J. Scott Feierabend, in a statement. “That such truly dark nighttime environments still exist in the United States is remarkable, but even more impressive is the effort undertaken to protect them in this case.”

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