Chiefland Astronomical Village is a privately owned dark-sky site located in northwest Florida. The observing field is open 365 days a year to all members, and membership is free by application. An EarthSky friend enthusiastically reports, “It is in a dark place. Membership is free and you can camp in a tent. There is electricity and facilities and the people are fantastic!”
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.