Astronomy Today: About this Site
Since founding Astronomy Today I've enjoyed watching it grow and grow in popularity. As well as writing many of the articles on this website, I designed and maintained the site myself and continue to do so today. However, given that I enjoy reading everything astronomy related and like to turn my hand to computer coding, running this site is a great hobby and nothing like work! I originally studied mathematics, physics and computer science in University and although I'm now a lawyer, I haven't lost my passion for astronomy. As far as observing goes, my own telescope is an 8" (20cm) Schmidt-Cassegrain which I try to take out whenever there's a clear sky - not all that often in Ireland!
Kelly Kizer Whitt
I have had a lifelong love affair with the night sky. I've been studying astronomy since I was a child and writing about space for more than a decade. I was on the staff of Astronomy magazine, writing and editing articles and working with astrophotographers, before becoming a freelance writer. I've written for Astronomy and Space at Suite101.com since 2006, and I blog about observing for the Sierra Club. I wrote the terrestrial planets section of the book The Collins Encyclopedia of the Universe and published a children's picture book about weather on the planets titled Solar System Forecast in 2012. On clear nights you can find me in my backyard in far suburban Milwaukee with my binoculars, telescope, and kids, fostering a new generation of stargazers. You can follow me under the name Astronomommy on Twitter.
I observe from my property near Columbus, Texas with binoculars and a 5" Celestron GOTO, a gift from a friend. I have authored articles for women's magazines and cook books over a 25 year period, under several pen names, (Lydia Lousteaux is one of them). I was formerly the editor of Astronomy Today's Sky Guide, a task which I was honoured to undertake. I think it would be interesting and fun for our readers to send in their favourite observing lists thus increasing the Sky Guide's utility for world wide observers. I am assistant editor of the updated International Occultation Timing Association manual, still a work in progress.
My field of interest is observational astronomy and I teach it through the public astronomy outreach program that I developed at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, USA. The main instrument used at WU is a 12-inch Warner & Swasey refractor that was built in 1889. I use the old scope, along with digital video equipment, to record lunar occultations of distant objects. I also teach an introductory astrophotography course at WU. Besides teaching I like to write. One of my three degrees is in Mass Media and I use my talents honed in that discipline constantly. My other areas of interest include archaeology and geology. For more, see Lydia's interview of Brenda.
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