Located in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in western Kentucky and Tennessee, the Golden Pond Planetarium offers entertaining and educational programs presented with a Konica Minolta Mediaglobe II digital projection system under a 40-foot dome theater. The adjoining Observatory has a computerized, Meade 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope to view the wonders of the night sky, and also a special telescope made for safe viewing of the sun. Star Parties are held Memorial through Labor Day weekends.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.