X-Bar Ranch Nature Retreat is located in West Texas hill country, about 63 miles (100 km) south of San Angelo. From cabins to campsites and more, the X-Bar Ranch can accommodate those wishing to stay overnight under dark skies. This location far from large cities is used as a base camp for people wanting to explore state parks, caverns, trails and a pure night sky. The astronomy-friendly family ranch hosts of the Eldorado star party in the fall.
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.