The worlds 15 International dark sky sanctuaries

The worlds 15 International dark sky sanctuaries

If you love stargazing, then you have probably already heard about International Dark Sky Places (IDSP). As of January 2022, there are 195 certified IDSPs in the world. 11 of these Dark Sky Places can be found in the United States; seven have been designated as “gold tier” parks, the highest possible rating, based on a comprehensive technical scale that considers things like artificial light, skyglow, and observable sky phenomena.

This article is not about IDSP though, it is about IDSS (International Dark Sky Sanctuaries)! Of the 195 places, 15 have been designated “sanctuaries”.

What is an International Dark Sky Sanctuary?

An IDA Dark Sky Sanctuary is public or private land that has an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is protected for its scientific, natural, or educational value, its cultural heritage and/or public enjoyment. Of the 15 sanctuaries, more than half (8) are located in the United States! That’s pretty neat. (IYKYN)

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Below I have provided is a list of all 15 Dark Sky Sanctuaries as of September 2022.

When you are stargazing, don’t forget a few useful items:

red light flashlight to read charts without ruining your night vision

A stargazing chart

A tripod if you plan on taking pictures

A telescope if you want to dive in a little deeper

Here are a few free apps to check out as well:

SkyView Lite

Star Walk: Find stars and planets

Star Chart


Are any of these sanctuaries on your list? I will be visiting the one in Chile in January. I will report back how it went! ✨