Wet Mountain Valley is located between Wet Mountains in the east and the Sangre de Cristo mountain range on the west, both parts of the southern Rocky Mountains. It was certified as an International Dark Sky Community in 2015 by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2015 through the efforts of Dark Skies Inc. of Wet Mountain Valley, whose members organize lectures and star parties during the summer months. They also successfully help businesses of the nearby Dark Sky twin towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff to lower their light pollution levels. A friend of the EarthSky community says: “On a clear night, the Milky Way can be seen from end to end, arcing across the sky. The valley view is like being inside a water globe with the entire sky above you. Nothing obstructs the view. I am in awe every moonless night from our mountain cabin. It takes my breath away!”
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.