Deborah Byrd to speak at the Texas Star Party
EarthSky’s Deborah Byrd will speak at the 2022 texas star partywhich runs from April 24 to May 1. Deborah’s speech will be streamed live on the Texas Star Party Facebook page (accessible to members only) and on Youtube. Later, after the event, you can also view a recording of the speech on YouTube. His speech is on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. CDT. The title of the speech is “The Legacy of the Texas Star Party”.
Deborah Byrd and the Texas Star Party
Deborah was one of the original organizers of the Texas Star Party. During the late 1970s, Byrd was fortunate enough to make many visits to McDonald Observatory in West Texas. While there, she spent the nights touring the various telescope domes on Mount Locke, chatting with astronomers about their research.
Later, inspired by these experiences and the clear, dark skies of the Davis Mountains of West Texas, she decided to ask the Observatory for a few hours of nighttime observation at the 30-inch telescope. She wanted groups of amateur astronomers to be able to visit the mountain at night.
Led by Byrd, the Texas Star Party began in 1979. It grew into an event where amateur astronomers brought their own telescopes nearby Davis Mountains State Park, Indeed, they spent their nights under the West Texas sky, gazing up at the sky. Subsequently, in 1982, the Texas Star Party moved to Prude Guest Ranch near Fort Davis, Texas. Today, it is still held annually in late April or May near the new moon, attracting hundreds of participants from North America and around the world each year.
StarDate and EarthSky
In 1978, Deborah created the radio show Date of stars. She produced the radio show with McDonald Observatory until 1991, when she left to create the Earth & Sky radio show, which aired from 1991 to 2013. In due course, the show Earth & Sky radio evolved into the website you see now, EarthSky. org.
Conclusion: Deborah Byrd, the founder of EarthSky.org, will give a talk at the Texas Star Party on Wednesday, April 28, 2022. It will be broadcast live on Facebook and available later on YouTube.
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