The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is located on a hilltop at the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. The observatory is 52 miles (83 km) south of Glasgow. The Dark Sky Park was the first in the UK and Europe and has been awarded Gold Tier status by the International Dark Sky Association. The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory requires reservations for the evening sessions, which include a presentation, tour and telescopic observing. The observatory also holds special sessions during new moon and meteor showers, among other events.
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.