The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) designated the Mayland Community College Blue Ridge Star Park and Observatory as the first IDA-certified Star Park in the southeastern United States. The Blue Ridge Astronomy Group (BRAG), a local amateur astronomy society, was instrumental in supporting MCC’s application to the Dark Sky Places Program.
The MCC Blue Ridge Star Park and Observatory is the first program participant:
- located in the southeastern United States;
- operated under the auspices of an institution of higher learning; and
- whose outdoor lighting consists entirely of fully-shielded, low-color-temperature light emitting diode (LED) fixtures at the time the IDA award is conferred.
For more information contact Mayland Community College http://www.mayland.edu/starpark