The Irkutsk Planetarium is located in the Siberian city of Irkutsk and has a planetarium, observatory, and museum. In addition, the planetarium observatory conducts observing sessions 44 miles (72 km) outside of town near Glubokaya, at a location that is 3000 feet (914 meters) above sea level and surrounded by the taiga (Siberian forest). This stargazing place has more than 200 clear nights per year and a 24-hour café 1 mile (2 km) away. Professional astronomers conduct the observing sessions on nights of 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.