"I became an astronomer because I looked ... "
Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:29 AM
imo, I'm always reminded that getting someone "interested in science" during outreach events (in whatever form, organized or just showing your neighbor) may only be one facet of our hobby; it can be as basic as sharing the aesthetics and simple wonders of the universe, to the re-telling of the various myths and legends of our early sky-watchers.
Mods, not too sure where this post might belong to, but I'd thot Outreach would be the closest - please feel free to move accordingly
Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:58 AM
Posted 06 July 2012 - 08:41 AM
...better in the dark.
(wiping away a tear)... Seriously, Peter, thanks for the link. While the author seem more than a little biased towards the scientific paradigm (and I don't take seriously his statement that science is "under attack", although dogma masquerading as science may very well be), it was an interesting read.
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 01:12 AM
I have no recollection of looking through an ep until I was long retired.
Moved from the east coast to Northern Arizona expecting to concentrate on geology, fossils, and rocks.
Found dark sky. Bought an 8 inch starfinder and didn't find much. Decided I was too old to develop star hopping skill. Bought a go-to scope. Joined local astronomy club. Found a lot of stuff but wasn't really impressed with the grey fuzzies.
THEN I REALLY FOUND ASTRONOMY...IN A BOOK. Our club had scheduled a public talk on stellar evolution and the planned speaker was not going to be available. I had a couple of months. Bought a good text and carried it wherever I went. I was hooked. What really grabbed me was the ideas of astronomy, the way they have evolved and the astonishing discoveries. Throw in the stunning views of so many worlds and you have a really awesome package.
Then I discovered Mallincam and my scope could deliver detailed color views of so many of those wondrous objects.
I now do a couple of dozen public programs a year, using the video to introduce the ideas of astronomy. For me, IT'S THE SCIENCE, STUPID.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:40 PM
It was a normal progression from my roots in Ohio. John Glenn came from a town about 15 miles from where I grew up. Neil Armstrong is from Ohio. I remember watching Mercury, Gemini and Apollo launches on TV and sitting up with my mom watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon. I looked forward to National Geographic issues about the space programs, the planets and the stars.
The curiosity for learning more about the world/universe we live in drives us to search for an explaination but also reveals the beauty of and the intricate design of the universe in which we live.