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World's First 'Dark Sky' Island

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Imagine a place without light until sunrise. Now imagine that spot surrounded by water.

The Channel Island of Sark, which lies about 80 miles south of England, has been designated the world's first dark-sky island, according to Yahoo buzz.

It's a stargazer's paradise.

The dark-sky movement, as it's come to be known, calls for communities to embrace the idea of creating little to no light pollution. The International Dark-Sky Association bestows the title on communities.

Dark-sky legislation has been adopted by 300 counties, cities and towns, according to the Burlington Free Press. In 2001, The IDA deemed Flagstaff, Arizona the world's first "International Dark-Sky City."

The Channel Island of Sark is just 3 miles long by 1.5 miles wide, but was selected by the IDA for the quality of its night sky, making it the first island to be honored with the recognition, according to SPACE.com.

"This is a great achievement for Sark," Roger Davies, president of the Royal Astronomical Society in the United Kingdom, said in a statement, according to SPACE. "People around the world are becoming increasingly fascinated by astronomy as we discover more about our universe, and the creation of the world's first dark sky island in the British Isles can only help to increase that appetite."

Sark Island light pollution was first audited before it could be awarded the title. However, the island having no public street lighting, no paved roads and no cars, in addition to its seclusion, certainly didn't hurt its chances for receiving the honor

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