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2018 and Beyond!

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Who and What is EarthSky?

EarthSky.org offers daily updates on your cosmos and world. Our editor-in-chief Deborah began writing about astronomy in the 1970s. Lead editor Eleanor and sky columnist Bruce joined in during the 1990s. Marketing director David and business manager Joni have been on board since the early 2000s. In the past year – thanks to your donations – we were able to add Brandon, our dedicated computer guru. If you have a technical problem with our site or newsletter, Brandon’s the man. He gives EarthSky the constant love and care all websites need. Also, thanks to you, we’ve added Claudia as a new editor. She’s a long-time space fan and former editor for NASA. Every one of us works hard to bring you the content you love. Now we need your help to ensure we can keep going. Scan down the page – to Meet the Team – to see photos of Brandon, Claudia and the original five EarthSkyers.  Or scan back up the page, and donate now! We need you.

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Kristina Rau in Haleakala National Park, Hawaii, points skyward on March 19, 2018 toward the moon and Venus. Photo by Leo Parias.
Geir-Inge Buschmann – a nature photographer in Tromsø, Norway – posted this photo at EarthSky Facebook on February 19, 2018. He calls it “X-Men.”

Server Upgrades

Growing is soooo much fun … just ask anyone. But, especially during big sky events, we had been maxing out our host servers. We are very flattered that you and your friends see EarthSky as a source of credible information! But, in times of high traffic, some of you were not able to get in. With your support, we’ve now migrated our content to a more powerful platform. We’re still working out some bugs, but, with your help, you’ll be able to continue accessing our site and our info when you want it, for many years to come.

Ready to donate? Go to the top of this page.

Thank you! Truly … we love you.

Ad Free

Ads – plus your Store purchases and donations – make EarthSky possible. They let us bring you the insights, beauty and heads-up on sky events you all love. Still, we dream of the day that your direct sponsorship will create for you an ad-free website. With your help, as an interim step, we want to offer the option of an ad-free newsletter in the second half of 2018. After that, with your support, we hope to make the technical changes to the site itself, needed to offer an an ad-free newsletter and website. Watch for it in 2019.

Photo by Sam Kelly in Essex, England, December 2017.

New Tonight Page

Since EarthSky went online – 24 years ago in 1994 – many of you have said you love our Tonight pages. They are cool! They offer your night sky, plus a whole lot more. We’re constantly trying to make our Tonight pages better. In the past two years – thanks to your donations – we’ve started a Best Places to Stargaze page, whose top level is the map you see here. In the year ahead, we want to redesign the Tonight pages further, to help you access all the great info there more easily. Your support will make that happen in the months ahead.

2018 and Beyond!

We’re still growing and changing. We’re still offering the best in science news and night sky information. We always welcome your photos and news tips. Help support EarthSky now. We need you to continue.

Before you go … be sure to visit our Store! Your purchases of lunar calendars, astronomy kits and other goodies also move us closer to our goals.

Easter kite flying with a bonus ring around the sun, from Dennis Schoenfelder in Alamosa County, Colorado.

EarthSky Team

Meet some core EarthSky team members to go along with the many who have contributed over the years.

Deborah Byrd

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.

    Deborah Byrd / Editor-in-Chief

    Bruce McClure

    Bruce McClure has served as lead writer for EarthSky's popular Tonight pages since 2004.

    Bruce McClure / Lead Sky Writer

    Eleanor Imster

    Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky since 1995. She was an integral part of the award-winning EarthSky radio series almost since it began until it ended in 2013.

      Eleanor Imster / Lead Editor

      Claudia Crowley

      Claudia Crowley proofs EarthSky website material. She says working for EarthSky is the most exciting job she's had except for one other - which was editing documents for space shuttle missions at NASA JSC.

      Claudia Crowley / Editor

      Joni Stewart

      Joni Stewart, Chief Financial Officer and Partner. Joni ensures that deadlines are met, that excellence is the standard, and that fiscal responsibility is upheld in all EarthSky projects and products.

      Joni Stewart / Chief Financial Officer

      David Callejas

      David Callejas, Marketing Director, helps bring EarthSky's content to the world via online ads and other products.

      David Callejas / Marketing Director

      Brandon McKay

      Brandon McKay handles the day-to-day technical support and issues that may arise.

        Brandon McKay / Technical Support

        A few nice comments from viewers like you!

        “I absolutely adore donating to you all because truly it is just one of the best sites out there! I have learned so much and just love the overall positive energy your site seems to give off. So I thank you and look forward to seeing it grow even more. Thanks again for all you and your staff do, makes the world such a better place.”

        “I’ve followed you on the radio and now online for many years. Several of the authors, including me, are donating to your organization and I wanted you to know. It won’t be a ton of money, but it should give you extra exposure. Thanks for all the insight and knowledge you’ve given me about our world.”

        “I would like to simply take a moment of your time to thank all of you at EarthSky for your outstanding website, exciting information about all things ‘Universal’, and for caring enough to build a better understanding of ourselves and everything around us. Thanks again and please continue to inspire.”

        “Thank you EarthSky for preserving my sanity and opening up a wonderful new world for me. I became hooked on my daily EarthSky e-newsletter and scoured your website for information about all that I was seeing. I’ve learned so much. I’ve gotten my family and friends interested too!

        “Thank you so much.  Without your site I would have never been able to watch the coverage of the first man made object to land on a comet.  Thank you for your continued devotion to science, and especially space science.  Keep up the great work!”

        “I love your daily email.  Yours is the first email I open every morning and is always interesting.  It is an antidote to the weary unhappy news of the day and I look forward to it with great delight. Thank you for all your trouble and for the beautiful photos too.  So glad you are there!”

        “I LOVE you guys!  Keep up the great work and thanks for everything you do.”

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