De Tour Village is a village in Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Located at the tip of the Upper Peninsula, the population was 325 at the 2010 census. The village rates at about class 4 in the Bortle scale, but surrounding areas rate at about class 2, making for some of the finest skies in the eastern half of the U.S. A stargazer who is familiar with the area shared the following with EarthSky: “Near-perfect darkness, yet still in civilization. Truly dark sites are only a few miles away once you get out of the village proper.”
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.