Parque Estadual Serra do Rola Moça (Rola Moça State Park) is one of the most important green areas in southeastern Brazil’s Minas Gerais state. It is located about 15 miles (25 km) south of the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte, the capital city of Minas Gerais. There is an observation deck for astronomical observations just next to (south of) the visitor center of the park. The park itself has an area of more than 9,700 acres (3900 hectares) and its territory is distributed between the cities of Belo Horizonte, Brumadinho, Nova Lima and Ibirité. A stargazer from the EarthSky community says “It’s a good place to stargaze because it is relatively near a big city, but the light pollution is moderate. You can see the Galactic center with the unaided eye when the moon is not full.”
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.