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IDA Earns Grant

IDA, a non-profit member organization, dedicated to teaching others how to preserve the night sky with environmentally responsible outdoor lighting, factsheets, law references, pictures, and web resources, wins grant from the Uwingu Fund.

The International Dark-Sky Association recently won a grant from the Uwingu Fund, a group dedicated to funding space research and education.

The grant will support the new IDA program - Save Our Stars (SOS), which will work with amateur astronomers and other groups to educate about light pollution, how it can be diminished, and the importance of protecting dark skies.

Bob Parks, IDAʼs executive director said, "We're excited to have Uwingu's support for our new SOS campaign, it will engage amateur astronomers across the globe in an exciting outreach program that promotes the wonder of the night sky and encourages people to protect it".

With Uwinguʼs support, IDA and Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) will partner with astronomy clubs and other groups around the world to organize events within easy reach of an urban area. The clubs will develop and administer evening programs with IDAʼs support.

These programs will be geared toward youth and adults, will include opportunities to learn about astronomy, participate in star gazing events, and see presentations on light pollution.

"Uwinguʼs goals are to fund space research, education projects, and to help the public better connect to the sky and space!" said Uwingu CEO, Dr. Alan Stern. "This grant to the International Dark-Sky Association fulfills all those objectives, and we're excited to provide IDA with our support."

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