Welcome to The Astronomy Geek. My name is Joe. I created this website to share my passion for astronomy by blogging about various aspects of the subject, reviewing some of the tools of the trade, and chatting with those of like mind as we gawk like schoolkids at the wonders of the cosmos!
My introduction to Astronomy
When I was a kid growing up in Boston, I was pretty much a loner. I didn’t make friends easily, so I escaped into books and became a voracious reader. My favorite genre was Science Fiction. Especially the kind that took place in space. As you can probably guess, I was also crazy into the original Star Trek. Yes, I’m THAT old! 🙂
My school’s Science curriculum focused primarily on Biology, which didn’t particularly interest me, though I did get a kick out of dissecting a frog! 🙂
One day after school, while perusing the Science section of my local library (remember libraries?), I picked up a book on Astronomy. That day, I learned much more about stars, planets, asteroids, how stars and galaxies were formed, etc, than I had ever learned in school.
That first Astronomy book, with all the pictures of everything from Jupiter and Saturn to nebulae and galaxies changed my life forever at the ripe old age of twelve.
Why I created this website
As I became an adult, my active interest in Astronomy waxed and waned many times. While I always loved the subject, I lived in the city. So I didn’t have much opportunity to get out and look up at the night sky, let alone buy my own telescope.
Also, friends and family weren’t inclined tio encourage my love of something that was, to them, a waste of time.
Eventually, fortune brought me to Colorado. After getting settled, I became interested in hiking and backpacking. You can imagine how overwhelmed I was when I saw the Milky Way for the first time under a very dark sky!
I swore to myself, through tears of joy, that I would do whatever I could to introduce others, especially kids, to the glory of the night sky. A website about all things Astronomy seems to me to be the best way to accomplish that.
What I hope to accomplish with The Astronomy Geek
As time permits, I will be blogging on all sorts of topics within the greater category of Astronomy. Stories about everything from why there are craters on the Moon, to why there’s a possibility of life under Europa’s icy shell. From what the difference between the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud is, to the detection of gravitational waves and what may have caused them.
I’ll also provide the occasional product review on everything from telescopes to what the best cameras are for amateur astrophotogrtaphy.
I also want to involve YOU in the development of this website. If you’d like me to write about a favorite Astronomy-related topic of yours, let me know in the comments! I may even consider inviting guest bloggers, once I get some substance built up.
So, there you have it. Now you know about me and my dream. Keep checking back to see how things progress!