December 3, 2012
I grew up in a big city where, even back in the '50s, there weren't too many stars visible at night. When I was about 8 years old, I went to my uncle's cottage in northern Ontario having never seen a night sky with stars and galaxies you could actually see. The truly amazing thing was it was so dark that you literally could not see your hand in front of your face but all of the wonders of space appeared to be close enough to touch them. I was hooked!
An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.