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MY SKY Images from Our Members

Weather Balloon Through Telescope

A picture of a high altitude atmospheric balloon through my telescope.

Mars on June 6, 2016

An image of Mars I captured with my backyard telescope in June 2016.

Lights over Keflavik

My first time seeing the aurora borealis.

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MY STORY Stories From Our Members

Friday at the Observatory

by Stevie

March 15, 2017

The most exciting part about working at an observatory isn't learning my local sky; it's the reaction the kids have when I show them their favorite planet, a nebula they never thought existed, or a double-star they never realized was there. As I helped a six-year-old boy chart what he was seeing this past Friday, it made me realize how important astronomy is for these kids. Math, physics, geography, history, etc., it opens their minds to the science of astronomy and what its roots are. My favorite part was when, as he was recording what he saw of the moon, ... more »

Texas Trekkie

by Allen Harris

March 6, 2017

In the 60s, one of my earliest memories were of my mom dressing up for a costume party in a Starfleet uniform looking a lot like Yeoman Rand. I was 4 years old when Star Trek first came out. I grew up on Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey and later even reading books from her shelf with Arthur C. Clarke and other greats from the genre. I also remember watching the moon landing and then going outside into the Texas night and looking at the moon and wondering that there were men up there “right now”! So my ... more »

My #SpaceLoveStory

by MaryLiz Bender

February 17, 2017

I grew up on a farm in Missouri. Back then, you could still see the beautiful belt of the Milky Way on a clear night. I remember lying in the grass, staring at the sky next to my dad. He would point up to the stars and show me the constellations. I was mesmerized, in awe. Knowing there was an untouched universe out there, so far beyond our atmosphere, always pulled me in its direction. I haven’t, since, stopped looking up.

As I grew older l began to follow NASA’s programs more closely. I dream of being an astronaut, living on ... more »

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