In the Wet Mountain Valley of southern-central Colorado, between the Sangre De Christo and Wet Mountains, it is certified as a Dark Sky Community by the International Dark-Sky Association. “From a personal experience, I can tell you it is stunning during the day and the night sky is just breathtaking. I have been watching the Perseids Meteor showers since my childhood either in the mountains of Pennsylvania or where I live on Long Island, New York. Last year I was on vacation in Colorado. I was lucky that my cousins own a home in Westcliffe and we went for an overnight trip during the Perseids. I have never seen a meteor shower like that before in my life. So crisp, clean and bright.”
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.