Wardeh Kfardebian is located 32 miles (51 km) east of Beirut, Lebanon, and is the largest ski area in the Middle East. The mountains reach elevations of 8,087 feet and are popular for skiing in winter and for stargazing in summer. But even in the middle of summer, the mountainous region can be quite cold at night. Local groups sometimes host star parties on the ski slopes, such as The Cosmic Dome out of Beirut.
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.