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New Zealand’s Aoraki Mackenzie Named World’s Largest International Dark Sky Reserve


Over 1,600 square miles of New Zealand’s South Island have just been proclaimed as an International Dark Sky Reserve, making it the largest in the world. The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR), comprised of the Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Basin, is the fourth such dark sky reserve in the world.

International Dark-Sky Association’s Executive Director Bob Parks remarks, “The new reserve is coming in at a ‘Gold’ level status. That means the skies there are almost totally free from light pollution. To put it simply, it is one of the best stargazing sites on Earth.”

Full Story Download: http://docs.darksky.org/PR/IDA_Aoraki_Mackenzie_PR.pdf

Image: http://docs.darksky.org/PR/Crux_and_Church.JPG

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