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MY SKY Images from Our Members

My moon

My first astronomy picture ever.

Joy in a Moment

The Milky Way above Monument Valley

Hell hangs high!

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

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MY STORY Stories From Our Members

How I came to love Science and Space Travel

by Dave Vander Vlucht

November 18, 2016

When I was a young boy in the 1960s, my mother and I visited with a good friend of hers. Her friend's son was watching Star Trek, so I sat next to him and what I saw I thought was so cool. It was the episode where Captain Kirk was on this planet with a Lizard like creature named the Gorn. They had to battle each other to the death. Another influence was the landing on the Moon in 1969. I watched it on a black and white TV. These two incidents in my young age influenced me, and ever ... more »

Space Love Story

by James Kaplan

November 18, 2016

In the interests of full disclosure, I am one of Mat Kaplan's brothers. So I may be a bit biased when I say, "Planetary Radio is the greatest thing to happen to radio since the invention of the transistor." I'd like to apologize to my big Bro for, when young and innocent, disassembling various items of his personal property. Fortunately his telescope remained intact, and through it I first gazed upon the Moon and Saturn in awe.

At about age five I was introduced to humankind in space with a record album my parent's gave me. My two favorite songs were ... more »

My Space Love Story: 1983, The Perseids and Women in SciFi

by Jen Snow

November 18, 2016

When I was ten, I was fortunate enough to witness one of the best Perseid Meteor showers. I had been watching Star Trek and Buck Rogers re-runs for months, inspired by the idea that I could someday be a space explorer myself. As I watched the first meteors streak across the night sky that night I knew that I was always going to be in love with the stars.

Today as we see the beginnings of our future, as we explore and expand out across our solar system and beyond, I remember the excitement and inspiration I felt in my heart ... more »

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