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What we do International Dark Sky Places

Flagstaff, Arizona

The brilliant Milky Way arises over Flagstaff's iconic San Francisco Peaks. Photo by Dan and Cindy Duriscoe.

About

Flagstaff is the world’s first International Dark Sky Place, receiving its designation in 2001. The city, home to Lowell Observatory and the U.S. Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station, has long been a leader in outdoor lighting policy, enacting the world’s first outdoor lighting ordinance in 1958. Flagstaff has led the way in proving that the protection of dark night skies in a growing city need not come at the expense of economic development. The original proposal was created by the Flagstaff Dark Sky Coalition.  

Designated

2001

Category

Dark Sky Community

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Address

Arizona, USA
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Contact

Janice Hakala
Website

Land Area

171 km2

Documents

Application (Proposal)
Lighting Ordinance
Annual Reports
Announcement (Update)

Weather

Click here to find ideal environmental conditions for viewing the night sky in Flagstaff, AZ (35.19572, -111.63111). Don’t forget to plan your trip during the new moon and astronomical twilight to enhance the viewing experience!

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