Johnston Ridge Observatory, the primary visitor centre for the volcanic Mount St. Helens, is actually a non-astronomical observatory. It hosts interpretive displays that tell the biological, geological, and human story of the mountain. Nevertheless, the location is good for stargazing too (as well as hiking the slopes, learning about geologic history, and exploring lava tubes). A fellow stargazer describes it as “Far from city lights and light pollution.”
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.