Girraween, meaning ‘place of flowers’, is a park of massive granite outcrops, large angular tors, and precariously balanced boulders. Spectacular wildflower displays in spring. On the Queensland–New South Wales border, 260 km south-west of Brisbane, halfway between Stanthorpe and Tenterfield. “On top of a Bald Rock Mountain, the location opens up to a complete view of the sky. You can see the Milky Way from start to finish when there’s a new moon.”
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.