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About Joe

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A non-astronomy-related love of mine (Ask me!)

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!

Clear skies!

Joe Martin
theastronomygeek.com

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30 Comments

  1. I found astronomy fascinating and am really glad I came across someone else that shares a passion for the skies.    

    What is your favorite constellation?   Mine is the milky way.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts!   What post do you recommend that i should really check out next?

    Thank you again!

    • Hi, Barry! Thank you for your comment! My favorite constellation is my zodiac sign, Libra 🙂 I hope to have some content posted soon.

  2. The knowledge of astronomy is ecstatic and also provide explanations to uncommon events, it is a bridge between human and supernatural. Without astronomy, many celestial happenings in the milky way would be a mystery, but astronomy has demystify a lot of fallacies that threatened human existence. This is my field of fantasy.

  3. Hi Joe.

    Growing up I was fascinated about space. My grandpa had these old encyclopedias about space, and movies and games only intensified that fascination with the world beyond ours. It has somewhat been lost over the years though, but stumbling upon your site has somehow rekindled that.

    good luck with the site!

  4. Thank you for the zeal to come up with something unique as the things related to the Astronomy world,i sincerely look forward to your updates, please I will like you to talk about why will have craters on the moon in any of your upcoming updates, your decision to always provide reviews on telescope is much appreciated also. 

  5. This looks like a great website.  It seems you have the passion which is very important.  With your website you have the start of a great blue print to share your passion.I have always wondered what is out there beyond what the naked eye can see.  Is there another world, another galaxy, other people or heaven forbid little green men.Im thanking you for starting this and Im looking forward to following your website and learning a lot more.Dale

  6. hello joe,

    Cool site. I enjoyed how you made it personable. i felt like you where talking to me and not just preaching. that was nice. 

    For me i thought your contain could be a bit bigger, and maybe a few pic. and some cooler.

    It’s looking good joe. keep up the good work

  7. Nice to meet you, Joe! You reminded me about myself at a young age, maybe around 10y old. I had an encyclopedia for kids and one of the volumes was about astronomy. It was not really at kids level, but pretty deep into the subject. I read about comets, planets, galaxies,  red giants and black holes. I was totally fascinated and read late into the nights.I wish you great success with your blog, waiting to read more. I’m sure there are a lot of new discoveries since my childhood. 

  8. Hi, Joe, I can totally relate to your joy of watching the sky and all there is flying around.

    Since I was a kid I was fascinated by looking up at places where the civilization lights were not disturbing.

    Now I live in Thailand in a small village at the end of the world. I don’t have telescopes nor am I into researching astrology too intensive but every time I go out at night I’m totally stunned by the sight above me.

    I hope to see more from you, all the best, Stefan 🙂

  9. Nice to meet you Joe! I took astronomy in college for my science credits and loved it. Thinking about the vastness that lies beyond Earth reminds me of just how insignificant I am. Kind of puts things in perspective. I love the idea for this site and I’m bookmarking it to stay up to date and see what you come up with. I subscribe to Astronomy Magazine too. It’ll be fun following along. 🙂

  10. Hello Joe! It is amazing how certain things can shape our interest in life, in your own case it was reading a book on Astronomy. I read a lot when I was younger, I can read from sci-fic to action, romance, name them, in fact too much close up reading contributed to my shortsightedness.Your story on what inspired you to create this site is awesome and just like the writer of that Astronomy book affected your life positively, your site will certainly inspire lots of people–both kids and adults.Looking forward to more articles on Astronomy on this your promising site.

  11. I must say that I’m impressed with what you have done, I hardly come across site or posts about astronomy and this caught my attention. The moment I saw this post I was pleased because it’s an opportunity to learn more about things I have no idea about. I can’t wait see more posts from you, you are a rare Gem.

  12. Hi Joe, I really enjoyed reading your post. Your passion for Astronomy really shines through and I believe that your future posts will be awesome. Can’t wait to read your blogs. I will be bookmarking your site as I have a passing interest in space… “the last frontier” as Captain Kirk would say.

    Just recently I had the good fortune to view the rings around Saturn through a telescope belonging to a member from the local astronomy club. It was so surreal and piked my interest to find out more!

    • Thank you very much for your comment Suzie! Wasn’t Saturn beautiful? I should be posting more content soon.

  13. Hello Joe,

    how are you buddy? I really love the energy, the excitement, and the enthusiasm that you are putting forth in expressing your intentions on why you created your  The Astronomy Geek website. That is gonna take you beyond a reality you didn’t think was possible with your passion interest, and I know that this website is gonna start kicking glatical butt in the near future.

    Please, as a nice little touch to your website for it would be cool to see it grow into something awesome, can you one day write like a special edition kind of post as a subculture type of read for those of us fascinated with stars, constellations, and their ever ever marvelous splendor of night, and their connection to astronomy-astrology? 

    That would definitely be an epic post that may lead you to discover other ventures!

    All in all, thanks for contributing to the astronomy community Joe! It’s nice to know that indeed people are out there willing to help others learn more about things, and this, is going to be awesome so thank you for making THE ASTRONOMY GEEK website possible!

    To Infinity and Beyond!

    Jose

    • Thank you very much for your suggestions, Jose! I hope to have some content posted soon!

  14. Interesting introduction, Joe.

    I love to look at dark sky, hopefully to see something interesting :). When we were younger, we lived in a small village and we can always see stars on dark sky. Now we lived in a city. We have a telescope but we are unable to see any stars at night because the street light are too many.

    It is so nice that you have seen Milky Way and the rings of Saturn. I wish I have the chance to see them.

  15. You could have been writing about me. Early interest in astronomy? Check. Science fiction fan? Check. Star Trek geek?  Oh, you have no idea. 

    For a large part of my childhood I lived in a small town, small enough that you could see the Milky Way at night. My friends and I would spend hours sitting on chaise lounges on summer nights looking at the sky. 

    To this day, even though I live in an urbanized area, a day does not go by that I look up into the sky. Sometimes early morning when I walk my dog, sometimes evenings coming home from work, always making a point to identify some celestial object. Venus, Mars, Jupiter. Orion’s Belt. The Seven Sisters when it’s really clear. The Moon when it’s not, taking note of the phase and where it is in the sky. 

    I am really looking forward to what you come up with in the future, thanks!

    • Glad to know of another Astronomy geek! I should be posting more content soon. Thanks for your comment!

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