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See One of the Newest International Dark Sky Parks in Denmark

by Holly Riddle

May 15, 2024

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Destinations / Europe

If your intrigue in astronomy tourism was piqued by the 2024 eclipse, you may be trying to visit as many International Dark Sky Parks as possible. Well, add another one to your bucket list, because DarkSky International just added a new destination to the bunch: Mandø, Denmark.


Mandø is a little island in the Wadden Sea, and officials there have gone to great lengths to achieve International Dark Sky Park certification. The 25 streetlights on Mandø automatically turn off between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Exterior lighting on the island must meet strict criteria. Measures are also being taken to reduce light pollution from the nearby Port of Esbjerg.


However, this new designation is just one feather in the destination’s cap. It can also claim status as a national park and UNESCO World Heritage site.


“This certification and associated efforts highlight Mandø’s commitment to preserving their natural darkness. Together with the UNESCO World Heritage and National Park status, this accomplishment underscores the significance of the site’s region’s [sic] natural resources,” said Amber Harrison, program manager, Dark Sky Places. “The collaborative efforts undertaken for the certification, including reductions in local light pollution and innovative outreach projects, exemplify Mandø’s dedication to protecting its dark skies. With strong local support and ongoing initiatives, Mandø’s certification is an inspiration for sites worldwide striving to safeguard their nocturnal environments.”


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