ARIZONA NEWS

Fountain Hills designated Arizona’s fourth Dark Sky community

Jan 11, 2018, 10:32 AM

(Flickr Photo/Stephen Rahn)...

(Flickr Photo/Stephen Rahn)

(Flickr Photo/Stephen Rahn)

PHOENIX — People in Fountain Hills are able to see the stars a little better. Thanks to that, the city was designated as Arizona’s fourth Dark Sky community this week.

The Phoenix suburb is one of just 16 cities in the world to receive the designation. The Fountain Hills Times reported the city was only the second to be located next to a major metropolitan area.

Dark Sky cities only use light fixtures that shield the actual bulb. The city does not allow bright white lights — LED or otherwise — and instead requires the use of warm lighting.

“You don’t need to have light that isn’t shielded,” Fountain Hills Dark Sky Association co-chair Joe Bill told KJZZ. “It really basically obscures the sky so you can’t see the stars that some of us enjoyed growing up.”

Residents are also asked to not let lights shine on neighbors’ properties and to only use as much outdoor lighting as needed.

Because of the policy, the International Dark Sky Association — which hands out the designations — said Fountain Hills residents will likely be able to catch the occasional glimpse of the Milky Way galaxy from their own backyard.

The association said Fountain Hills began to make changes to its lighting policies two years ago.

The three other Dark Sky communities in Arizona — Oak Creek, Sedona and Flagstaff — are all located in the northern part of the state.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

...

KTAR Video

Video: Arizona and New York attorneys battle over extraditing murder suspect

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said New York City authorities can extradite a murder suspect, but after he’s prosecuted for violent crimes in metro Phoenix. This comes in response to recent remarks by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg that garnered national attention. Video: Jeremy Schnell and Felisa Cárdenas/KTAR News Photos: Getty Images

30 minutes ago

Follow @KTAR923...

KTAR.com

Festival highlighting Arizona’s wildlife, scenery taking place in the Valley this weekend

A festival highlighting Arizona's animals, its landscape and everything in between is taking place in the Phoenix area this weekend.

39 minutes ago

An Arizona Public Service worker wearing a helmet and yellow vest holds a yellow pole while working...

Kevin Stone

Arizona utility regulators approve rate hike for APS, the state’s largest electric company

APS customers will soon see higher bills after regulators approved a rate hike Thursday night for the state's largest electric utility company.

2 hours ago

A nighttime time-elapse photo shows lights streaking across Interstate 10 at US 60 in metro Phoenix...

KTAR.com

Watch for multiple restrictions on metro Phoenix freeways this weekend

Drivers should be on alert for lane restrictions and closures on multiple metro Phoenix freeways this weekend, with an emphasis on the East Valley.

3 hours ago

Follow @KTAR923...

KTAR.com

2 arrested in southern Arizona after drug, firearms discovered at multiple properties

Two people were arrested last week after the discovery of a cache of firearms and drugs on their Arizona properties, authorities said.

4 hours ago

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputies stand guard in front of the Maricopa County Tabulation an...

KTAR.com

California man accused of leaving threatening voicemails for Arizona elections official

A California man was arrested Thursday for allegedly threatening a Maricopa County Recorder's Office official after the 2022 election.

6 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

...

Fiesta Bowl Foundation

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade is excitingly upon us

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe is upon us! The attraction honors Arizona and the history of the game.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

Fountain Hills designated Arizona’s fourth Dark Sky community