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Re: Introductions: How did you become interested in astronomy?

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Re: Introductions: How did you become interested in astronomy?

Postby Bald Eagle » Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:35 pm

My interest began with a college course in Astronomy, an ongoing casual interest in NASA and its accomplishments, then Feynman's books and on-line lectures, and then wonderful Hubble. Hubble really jump-started an intense interest that has led me to follow cosmology in general and also develop an interest in quantum physics. I read everything I can get my hands on about theses subjects and have developed quite a library of related books which I sometimes reread. I can follow the arguments, understand most of what I read, am often excited by the concepts, and wish that I could do better at grasping and following the math. But alas....

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Re: Introductions: How did you become interested in astronomy?

Postby rsuarez » Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:58 am

Hey Folks!,

I always be interested in space since i was a child. One of my bigger friends love disscussing 'bout astronomy and like I said before I really love too. So I start to being more informed about astronomy, the space and everything involved.

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Re: Introductions: How did you become interested in astronomy?

Postby Knight of Clear Skies » Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:29 am

Had an interest as a child, I have vague memories of a small yellow astronomy book with Saturn on the cover that I was given when very young. As an adult the discovery of Sedna rekindled my interest, it really brought home how much "unknown" there is out there.

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Re: Introductions: How did you become interested in astronomy?

Postby Jeff_Sullivan » Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:55 pm

Hi, I'm Jeff Sullivan. I grew up watching the Apollo missions on TV, as well as Carl Sagan's Cosmos series. I received a 60mm telescope in 8th grade and took a photography course to learn 35mm photography and darkroom processing.

While in college at U.C. Berkeley I photographed the first space shuttle landing STS-1 on April 14, 1981 at Edwards AFB. I joined an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) student club. We won a design contest with a combustion experiment that could be conducted on the space shuttle in a self-contained Get Away Special (GAS) canister. Our team graduated before the experiment could be built, but our faculty adviser Professor Fernadez-Pello flew related experiments on STS–69 and STS–77. We obtained passes to watch the STS-4 space shuttle landing from the VIP/press tent (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreysu ... 958820364/). Ronald Reagan gave a speech standing on the wing of a space shuttle while another flew overhead atop a 747.
ImageSpace Shuttle Columbia Mission STS-4, April 1982 by Jeff Sullivan, on Flickr

Upon graduating from college I worked at Tektronix as an Applications Engineer in their Graphic Printing and Imaging Division as the industry transitioned from storage tube displays to color raster graphics and UNIX workstations, and color inkjet and thermal transfer printers revolutionized printing. Eventually I moved from marketing into sales, and one of my customers was NASA Ames Research Center, including groups like the SETI project.

In the past decade I've continued my interest in astronomy and space through astrophotography, pursuing images of meteor showers, solar and lunar eclipses, comets, meteor showers, moon rises and sets, conjunctions, and Asteroid (357439) 2004 BL86 using a Canon DSLR and lenses.

In recent years I have attended NASAsocial events at Vandenberg AFB for the OCO-2 satellite launch, and at Kennedy Space Center for the Orion EFT-1 launch. Recently I was fortunate to capture the Chinese CZ-7 rocket stage 2 when it reentered the earth's atmosphere on June 27, 2016.

In addition to still image astrophotography I also have been actively recording astronomy and space time-lapse videos, many of which have been uploaded to my YouTube and Vimeo accounts.

In recent years I have been leading night photography and astrophotography workshops in Yosemite, Death Valley, the Eastern Sierra, and the Wild West "ghost town" of Bodie, California.

I upload new images more or less daily to the usual photo sharing and social media sites, as well as to my Web site JeffSullivanPhotography. Samples of my work may also be seen in the following articles and publishing credits.

Re-Entering Chinese Rocket Booster Lights Up Western United States Skies
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2016/07/29/video_of_a_chinese_rocket_re_entering_over_western_us.html

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014, Judges' Advice
https://youtu.be/SEFplF9eMgE?list=PLlLN6Bdq3jrmJYrFKnAgB5aJD6ifDNn_6

Moon Rise over an Arsenic Lake | Bad Astronomy blog | Slate Magazine
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/02/25/the_belt_of_venus_moon_rise_into_the_earth_s_shadow.html

While the Sun Was Sleeping | Bad Astronomy blog | Discover Magazine
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/10/18/while-the-sun-was-sleeping/

Lunar Eclipse Time Lapse | Bad Astronomy blog | Discover Magazine
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/12/12/lunar-eclipse-time-lapse/

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 (People and Space category):
http://www.nmm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/astronomy-photographer-of-the-year/winners-2011/special-prizes/

Outdoor Photographer Magazine star trails cover, October 2011:
http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/images/stories/2011/oct/solutions/1-lg.jpg

The Perseids, Writ Large | Bad Astronomy blog | Discover Magazine
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/08/25/perseids-writ-large/

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Re: Introductions: How did you become interested in astronomy?

Postby DEPUBLICAN76 » Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:58 pm

I watched THE U. S. NASA APOLLO's (11) LANDING ON THE MOON and HOLLYWOOD's 10 COMMANDMENTS AT THE DRIVE IN THEATRE in the 1960's.

For asking the question:
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Postby witchcat » Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:41 am

It is not possible that the gegenschein is not a focus of light frequencies from the sun as they deferentially refract passing around the earth due to gravity?

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Re: I have always been curious about everything.

Postby Chris Peterson » Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:51 am

witchcat wrote:It is not possible that the gegenschein is not a focus of light frequencies from the sun as they deferentially refract passing around the earth due to gravity?

The gravitational effect of the Earth on light is incredibly small. The gegenschein is completely understood as the product of simple backscatter.
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Re: Introductions: How did you become interested in astronomy?

Postby patrickelliott » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:00 pm

Hi and good morning from Northern California! I guess this is as good a place as any to introduce myself - my Dad got me a telescope as a kid and I used to take it out in the front yard and look at the moon and stars (back in Central Virginia - a lot less light pollution!). Around 1997 or so, when I was in high school, I discovered APOD and have followed it since. No good reason why it's taken me so long to join the discussion board, but, 20 years later here I am. I spent a lot of time on Wikipedia in college thinking about the universe, and life. After school I found that professional philosophy wouldn't pay the bills, so I went the software route. Spent almost 10 years in Seattle and last year moved to Silicon Valley.

Dr. Nemiroff's free Intro Astronomy and Physics courses (I think that's been almost 10 years ago?) were probably some of the most informative lectures I've watched, and I actually recently started re-watching them on YouTube (which led me here, finally)

A goal of mine this year is to visit Alaska at the right time (I've been twice, at the wrong times) to see the aurora, and take a half way decent picture of it. Any recommendations for that are very much welcome!

Patrick


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