Getting started in Astronomy—Then and Now
Two amateur astronomers with a 30-year age difference discuss how they got started stargazing
Description: Andrea and Dave are two amateur astronomers and friends 30 years apart in age with a common bond formed by their interest in astronomy and physics. Dave became an amateur astronomer in the 1960s; Andrea in the 1990s. In conversation, they compare the “Galileo Moments” that started them on their individual journeys, the telescopes that were available to them, pop culture influences, the effect of light pollution on their skies, and the “photon” connection of observing through a telescope. Finally, they share their thoughts about the International Year of Astronomy 2009 when they and others helped bring the Universe down to Earth.