Parque Estadual Serra do Rola Moça (Rola Moca State Park) is located in the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte, the capital city of southeastern Brazil’s Minas Gerais state. It is one of the most important green areas in Minas Gerais. Rola-Moça has 3,941.09 hectares of area and its territory is distributed between the cities of Belo Horizonte, Brumadinho, Nova Lima and Ibirité. “It’s a good place to stargaze because it is relatively near a big city, but the light pollution is moderate. You can see the galatic center with the unaided eye when the moon is not full.”
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and 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.