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#1 Blackbelt76

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Posted 16 June 2020 - 09:00 AM

Just curious how in the world Beverly Shores, Indiana was designated a International Dark-Sky site? Bortle scale is listed as a 4

It is less than 100 miles from Chicago.



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Posted 16 June 2020 - 09:07 AM

Truly.  When you look at the dark sky map for that part of the country....it's a long ways from Chicago

to reach a dark sky.



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Posted 16 June 2020 - 09:37 AM

Looks like it's designated as a "dark sky community," which is described as

 

a town, city, municipality or other legally organized community that has shown exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of a quality outdoor lighting ordinance, dark sky education and citizen support of dark skies. Dark Sky Communities excel in their efforts to promote responsible lighting and dark sky stewardship, and set good examples for surrounding communities.

You can find the eligibility criteria and minimum requirements in this document (pdf). The designation seems to be more about communities that make an effort to preserve their skies and protect against further or unnecessary LP encroachment, and less about actual sky brightness. This is in contrast with dark sky parks, reserves, and sanctuaries, which all require "an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights."


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