Møn and Nyord are two islands in the Zealand Region of southeastern Denmark comprising 86 square miles (223 square km) of land area. Møn is well-known for its white chalk cliffs and van be visited year-round. In 2014, residents of Møn began an effort to promote the Islands’ dark skies dark skies as a means of economic development and tourism potential, culminating in a joint effort for IDA recognition as both an International Dark Sky Community and an International Dark Sky Park, achieved in 2017. Dark Sky-certified accommodation is available for visitors at Møn and Nyord, as well as guides for nighttime sky tours, and it is also possible to visit the nearby Damsholte Observatory (http://damobs.dk/), which opened to the public in 2016 and hosts a 11-inch (28 cm) telescope.
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