Dark Skies, Inc. of the Wet Mountain Valley led the effort for the towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff to be certified as an IDA International Dark Skies Community in March, 2015. “On a clear night the Milky Way can be seen 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. 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.