Mawnan Smith is a village in the civil parish of Mawnan in south Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 1,539. “Here is the darkest of locations. We lived there for almost a year and with no street-lighting or industry in the area the sky on a clear night is breathtaking. With the nearest city 12 miles to the north and the English Channel just a mile away to the south, the only glow in the sky is Falmouth, some eight miles to the east. We have some of the best views to all points.”
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.