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Hell hangs high!

Venus at its greatest eastern elongation of 2017. Captured using an iPhone 6s.

Gabriela Mistral

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MY STORY Stories From Our Members

To boldly go

by Jose Antonio Escobedo

January 12, 2017

Since the dawn of man, we have asked questions; recently we have started answering them. In the words of John F. Kennedy, "No man can fully grasp how far and how fast we have come." I am in a perpetual state of awe at how our insignificant species went from figuring out how apples fall down to landing on our nearest satellite with a computer as powerful as my TI-84, all a few milliseconds "before midnight." Currently, I am pursuing studies in astrophysics but a career in politics. I would like to further human knowledge and keep our place in ... more »

My humble story

by Mike Doyle

January 6, 2017

I have been interested in various aspects of the universe and space exploration since a very young age with Sci-Fi movies, Horizon and Cosmos and Sky at Night documentaries. Then about 3 years ago I purchased a small 50mm dia Celestron refractor and observed the moon with such clarity and some stars. Then I later got a 70mm dia refractor with longer focal length about 2.5 years ago and started taking pics using iPhone. Love that scope, cheapish but optics are quite good. Still have it now but it's only real failing is its relatively poor azimuth mount. I got ... more »

Then the Sky Opened in My Head!

by Suford Lewis

December 23, 2016

When I was in the first grade, my godfather sent me a copy of Nature's Little Golden Book of Stars for my birthday. It was above my grade level, but I was fascinated by it. I looked up all the hard words in either the dictionary or the Encyclopedia Britannica (or both, several times) until I understood them all and I read it over and over and over! It changed my life. I fell in love with the universe; with space!

It expanded my world literally billions of times both in space and time. I immediately wanted to become an astronomer ... more »

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