Tools, Guides and Resources

COMMUNITY TOOLBOX

DARK SKY TOPICS BRIEFS DESCRIPTION
Dark Sky Communities ProgramA short overview of the International Dark Sky Community Program including benefits
How to get startedSix steps to help you get started with the Dark Sky Community Program
Lighting Ordinance BasicsA primer on the basic components of a lighting ordinance

GUIDES & guidance DESCRIPTION
Dark Sky Planning: Guidance & Best PracticesAn introductory guide to dark sky planning for local leaders
Dark Sky Assessment GuideResources and evaluation methods for performing a dark sky assessment in your community
Lighting Ordinance WalkthroughA breakdown of what a lighting ordinance is, the different formats it may take, links to example ordinances, and best practices
Policy requirements for IDSC statusA video presentation of the why’s and the how’s of becoming a Certified Dark Sky Community

DASHBOARDS AND STORY MAPS

DASHBOARDS & STORY MAPS DESCRIPTION
CPDSC Dark Sky DashboardA glance at dark sky preservation activity throughout the Colorado Plateau
Helper, Utah Lighting InventoryWhat information is collected during a lighting inventory? Here is a prime example from Helper, Utah
The Night Skies of the U.S. NPSHow the National Park Service actively protects and improves opportunities for star gazing.

LIGHT POLLUTION MAPS

maps & VIDEOS DESCRIPTION
Maximum Brightness AnglesThe azimuth, or compass angle, with the greatest contribution towards the total maximum light pollution
Maximum Brightness RatioThe maximum brightness values calculated from each of the convolved images across the different angles tested
Zenith Ratio to Natural BrightnessLight pollution detectable at zenith. Zenith describes looking straight up in the sky
NASA Light Pollution Map VideoA video about how data for these maps was generated

Need a custom map for an International Dark Sky Place application? Please contact us at darkskycooperative@gmail.com for help.

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