Cheile Dobrogei is located just outside Constanta, Romania, not far from the Black Sea. These rocky cliffs, popular with climbers, were declared a natural reserve. Many migratory birds visit the limestone gorges, which were once reefs during the Jurassic period. The site is open 24 hours and is far enough out from the city to provide decent darkness. An visitor from EarthSky describes Cheili Dobrogei as a “Place with little light pollution.”
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.