Who am I? Just a bystander, a most pathetic retiree.
I have always been interested in science and math. My favorite day trips, as a kid, were to the Omniplex, the local science museum. I loved all the hands-on exhibits they had, but my favorite exhibit there was the planetarium
. Of course, like most Americans at that time, I was totally engrossed in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. Whenever we had a working TV (not often), we would watch the launches, recoveries, and broadcasts from the moon. My dad subscribed to Popular Science
. I remember my favorite articles were the occasional ones they had on astronomy.
While I was in the Air Force, I was stationed in Thailand for a year. We had locals who cleaned our rooms and did our laundry. I became friends with one of the "house boys" and he invited me to go home with him one weekend. The bus ride was quite an experience, but when we got off the bus, the sun was down, there was no moon, and it was DARK
. At first, it was so dark, I couldn't even see my feet, but my eyes adjusted. Then I looked up. Wow, so that is what the sky is supposed to look like. Amazing. I now try to go to places with dark skies whenever I can, just to watch the stars.
A friend of mine, who knew I had an interest in astronomy, sent me a link to APOD
, After looking around
, I was hooked. My first visit to this forum was the infamous Lewin's Challenge
. After much searching, I correctly identified the phenomenon and posted my answer
. Sadly the link I posted is no longer working. I received little recognition for my find and was a little put off by that, but I came back. Most of what I now know about astronomy and astrophysics came from APOD and the Asterisk* (and the research I had to do to keep up).
After I retired, I accepted RJN's challenge and became the not-so-official news feed
of the Starship Asterisk*. I am also the person behind the unofficial APOD facebook fan page
. I also have two other pages on FB, SDO Pick of the Week
and ESA Hubble Picture of the Week
. If you are on facebook, come see us.Meet Jerry Bonnell, RJN's co-editor at APOD