Pacific Island Niue Becomes The World’s First Dark Sky Nation

By Valerie Stimac

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has announced that the tiny island nation of Niue will become the world’s first Dark Sky Nation. At just 101 square miles, Niue has received certification as both a dark sky sanctuary and a dark sky community, ensuring the entire island will maintain standards of light development and keep light pollution limited even as the world’s astronomy community turns eyes toward the area.

“Following a rigorous application and approval process I would like to formally congratulate Niue on becoming the newest addition to IDA’s International Dark Sky Places Program,” said Adam Dalton, International Dark Sky Places Program Manager, in the official announcement on the IDA website.


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