The Sound is located on the Isle of Man off the west coast of England. View seals, dolphins and sharks just off the coast and enjoy footpaths at the southernmost tip of the island. The Sound car park is one of 26 registered Dark Sky Discovery Sites on the Isle of Man. With the help of Interpretation Boards on site, stargazers can fully enjoy the stunning views on offer in the Manx skies. An EarthSky user describes the stargazing possibilities: “Dark, dark skies. Uninterrupted views over the coast out across the Sea to Ireland. Listen to the seals barking as they settle down for the night. Perfect.”
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.