Silvretta Bielerhöhe (Bielerhöhe Pass) is located in a high mountain pass in the Austrian Alps between the Austrian states of Vorarlberg and Tyrol. It connects Montafon in Vorarlberg and the Paznaun valley in Tyrol. The area is popular with hikers in summer and skiers in winter. A large car park is suitable to set up telescopes. An EarthSky stargazer wrote in 2016: “Silvretta Bielerhöhe is 2,032 meters (6,666 feet) above sea level and spared from any light pollution. This place guarantees you outstanding astronomical observations.”
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.