About Us

Dark Skies Northwest was founded in 1999 in response to the Space Needle Corporation's placing a massive 85 million candle upward pointing spotlight on top of the Space Needle. We believe that all people should have a view of the cosmos. 


We are now DarkSky Washington, the state's official chapter of the International Dark Sky Association, which is now transitioning to DarkSkySince 1988, the IDA has promoted win-win solutions that allow people to appreciate dark, star-filled skies while enjoying the benefits of responsible and effective outdoor lighting. 


Our mission here is to be a focal point for light pollution issues in Washington, promote quality outdoor lighting, promote and preserve the beautiful night sky, and to educate the public about the problem of energy-wasting light pollution and its solutions. Our members include astronomers, naturalists, outdoor lighting engineers, and people who are generally concerned with the beauty and heritage of their community.


Some of our common activities include:

  • Speaking with city councils
  • Giving public talks and presentations
  • Meeting with lighting engineers
  • Supporting IDA activities such as International Dark Sky Week


When you become a member of IDA and live in Washington, you automatically become a member of our state chapter!


A standard IDA membership only costs $35/year. Please visit the IDA website to join!


David W. Ingram (Chair of IDA WA)

Renton, WA



Prof. Woodruff T. Sullivan, III

Dept of Astonomy, University of Washington

Seattle, WA


Bruce Weertman,

6749 18th Ave NW

Seattle, WA 98117

(206) 225-9671



Rubie Sanborn Johnson

Kenmore WA 

Ed Mannery

Seattle, WA