Cat Connor captured this beautiful image of a sliding (or sailing or slithering) stone at Death Valley’s famous Racetrack Playa on Christmas Day – December 25, 2014. These stones are known to leave tracks in the desert floor. They clearly do move, but, until recently, no one knew what caused their movement. Want to know? Click here to find out and see a video of the sliding stones in motion.
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.