Roper Mountain Science Center, a part of the Greenville County School District, is located in Greenville, South Carolina. It encompasses a campus containing facilities for studying life and natural sciences, in addition to space and physical sciences, that is visited daily by 500 students for hands-on science programs. In cooperation with Roper Mountain Astronomers, the center provides regular public events geared specifically towards the amateur astronomer. The Charles E. Daniel Observatory —the most visible facility on the mountain— features a historic 23-inch (58 cm) refracting telescope with optics from Alvan Clark, which is open each Friday evening from 7:00 pm to 10:00 om for public observation, in conjunction with programs shown in the planetarium. Maggie Connelly, the planetarium specialist, can be reached at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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.