A small community of 60 inhabitants, Angle Inlet is a part of the Northwest Angle in Minnesota and an exclave of the United States. Angle Inlet in Minnesota is the only place in the contiguous United States north of the 49th parallel, but travel by road from other parts of Minnesota requires driving through the province of Manitoba, Canada. With a solid class 2 rating in the Bortle Scale, it could be one of the darkest places in the eastern half of the country. A reader of EarthSky who recommended this location has shared the following: “The very best place to stargaze in the United States is Angle Inlet, Minnesota. Difficult to get to, worth the trip.”
Armando is well known as an astronomy educator, after 30+ years leading extensive initiatives of public outreach and 9 years teaching in colleges. As one of only a handful of Puerto Rican science communicators during Comet Halley's last visit, he assumed a pioneering role starting in 1985 when science was just beginning to enter the local mindset; over time his work brought meaningful change to the culture, inspiring people to pursue interests in science and technology. His affiliations include Ana G. Méndez University–Cupey, where in 2014 he spearheaded an 8-course extension program focusing on observational astronomy, the first ever in the island.