Capitol Reef National Park was designated a Gold Tier “International Dark Sky Park” by the International Dark-Sky Association. It is an elongated region, stretching across 60 miles (97 km) from north to south and only about 6 miles (10 km) wide, covering the majority of the long up-thrust formation called the Waterpocket Fold. The name of the park comes from the dome-like formations of bright Navajo Sandstone cliffs, which look similar to domes on capitol buildings.
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.