The Consortium for Dark Sky Studies (CDSS) is dedicated to the discovery, development, communication, and application of knowledge across a wide range of disciplines and professional fields pertaining to the quality of night skies, growing light pollution and the varied human, animal, and environmental responses to the “disappearing dark.”

Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars. When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away.

— Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot

The Consortium for Dark Sky Studies | University of Utah | Salt Lake City, Utah

The Journal for Dark Sky Studies is a research journal from the University of Utah where current research and artwork into Dark Sky Sciences is published. Submit your art or research!

Check out the latest issue of the JDSS here!

The University of Utah is the only university to offer a minor in Dark Sky Studies. Check out the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning page about it!

Consortium News and Latest Events:

A bill taking effect at the beginning of 2022 is creating a new standard issue license plate the “Utah Dark Sky”, it was proposed in 2018 by Rep. Stephen G. Harding.

A resolution signed by the Governor in 2018 established the encouragement of shielded lights over not shielded lights, in a direct attempt to prevent light pollution for dark sky preservation.