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IDA Quebec at 10 years! (1)

Posted by on 24 November, 2013 in Brillant news

 

The story of IDA Québec: the early years

– by Rémi Lacasse, founding member and first President of IDA Québec –

 

Rémi Lacasse

Rémi Lacasse

Amateur and professional astronomers have always sought to avoid light pollution as it significantly affects their observation of the Universe. In the ’90s, a Dark Sky Committee was created within the Fédération des Astronomes Amateurs du Québec (FAAQ) and aimed at reducing light pollution.

However, the main mission of the FAAQ is not the awareness of the harmful consequences of light pollution. Moreover, this committee has had practically no activity, while the problem has accentuated. The Federation thus decided, in the fall of 2003, to form a Quebec chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association. This section operated as a committee of the FAAQ, thus representing the Federation and raising awareness to reduce light pollution in Quebec.

At the founding meeting, we had the honor to welcome Dr. and Mrs. David L. Crawford, the president (and co-founder) and the treasurer of IDA International respectively. The founding members, Chloé Legris, Germain Gauthier, Richard

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International Dark -Sky Association – 25th anniversary!

Posted by on 11 November, 2013 in Brillant news

Original IDA Logo

Original IDA Logo

Last year on December 11, the Quebec world of starry sky met in Sherbrooke to celebrate 5 years of existence of the International Dark-Sky Reserve of Mont Mégantic. Meanwhile, the month of November 2013 brings the 25th anniversary of the International Dark -Sky Association (IDA).

 

David L. Crawford

David L. Crawford

The site of the International Dark -Sky Association is concise when it comes to its foundation: IDA was founded in 1988, by Dr. David L.

Tim Hunter

Tim Hunter

Crawford and colleague Dr. Tim Hunter, to address the growing problem of light pollution.

It is interesting to note that the first outdoor lighting ordinance (to reduce light pollution) was adopted in 1972 in Tucson, Arizona following the work of astronomers from the Kitt Peak Observatory, and included primarily

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