Headlands International Dark Sky Park is located 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Mackinaw City, at the very top of the Michigan “mitten”. The Headlands became one of the first 10 International Dark Sky Parks in the world in 2011. The grounds are free and open all year round, day and night for stargazing, but camping is not permitted. There is an observatory on the grounds as well, which hosts telescopes for deep space imaging, solar and planetary observations.
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.