My name is Joe. I’m a college student majoring in astrophysics. I’m constantly amazed with new discoveries about the universe around us. I own a 10″ Dobsonian telescope (it’s an Orion SkyQuest XT10, a great scope) and do a lot of observations right from my east facing porch in the middle of a light-polluted small city. I’m a member of my local astronomy club and just happen to run their website. There are monthly star parties which are an excellent place to enjoy darker skies and learn from a lot of really intelligent people from all walks of life.

There are so many fundamental questions about the universe and ourselves that we have yet to answer. We have barely scratched the surface of what even our nearest planetary neighbors hold in store for us, let alone the furthest planets, their moons, our own galaxy, or any of the billions and billions of other galaxies out there. We have a nearly limitless supply of wonder and an endless frontier of discovery above our heads. Because of this, amateur astronomers often make groundbreaking discoveries, right from their backyards with minimal equipment. You do not need to be a professional astronomer with millions of dollars to contribute to our minuscule human understanding of the cosmos. This is what drives my passion to explore the skies and I hope that I can share some of that with others.

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
— Carl Sagan


Me, watching the transit of Venus. Photo taken by my aunt.