Hatteras Island is a barrier island varying from 25 to 40 miles off North Carolina’s coast. It’s part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. A stargazer wrote in 2016: “Between the 7 villages, in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, are some of the darkest night skies on the eastern seaboard. You can drive to the island from the north, or take a ferry from Ocracoke Island to the south. The national seashore is well on its way to qualifying as an International Dark Sky Park and access is free … just take a chair out on the sound or ocean beaches.”
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.