Located on the top of Talcott Mountain in Avon, Connecticut, the Talcott Mountain Science Center commands a breathtaking view of 5,000 square miles (12,800 square km), which reaches beyond the borders of the state. An observatory with a 12-inch (30 cm) telescope was opened in 2017—which complements a number of skydomes already installed—and the facility hosts a 44-foot (13 m) multimedia tilted-dome planetarium. The center enjoys an unobstructed view of the celestial sphere, and public viewing sessions are planned periodically around celestial phenomena such as meteor showers, comets, eclipses and conjunctions of the planets; however, the public should be aware that scheduled events are subject to change due to inclement weather. Private viewings can be scheduled for groups of 20 or more.
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.