Hello and welcome to my web site about the night sky. I've always been interested in the night sky and purchased my first telescope just before the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comets crashed into Jupiter in July 1994. I also purchased a book "Peterson Field Guides - Stars and Planets". With these two items in hand I went out to search the night sky's overhead. I was amazed with the objects I found and still continue to be amazed each time I look up. With my book and telescope in hand I was able to see many different objects like Jupiter after the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comets crashed into it's surface. This was fascinating because I could see in my telescope where the comets hit leaving a line on Jupiter's surface like a string of pearls.
I also volunteer at the Little Thompson Observatory and love sharing my interest with other people. I enjoy teaching groups of children and adults about the wonders of the night sky. The Little Thompson Observatory has two large telescopes and many smaller ones. The large telescopes are an 18" and 24" Cassegrain Reflector. The 24" Cassegrain reflector telescope is an historical instrument created by NASA.
"The telescope was commissioned in 1963 for NASA to investigate the Lunar surface to determine whether it would be possible to land astronauts safely on the Moon for the Apollo Program. After this primary work was completed in the mid-sixties, the telescope was used to select and document the landing sites for the various planned Apollo Missions. After this was completed, the telescope was decommissioned and turned over to Cal-Tech in Pasadena, CA for graduate student research projects. In 1966 the telescope was fitted with an infrared detector to determine the precise center of the Milky Way Galaxy (Eric Becklin and Gerry Neugebauer)."
— Meinte Veldhuis
Director of the Little Thompson Observatory
The Little Thompson Observatory mission is to help people of all ages learn about the universe by offering a first-hand experience with astronomy. Making science and mathematics fun and exciting.
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
— Albert Einstein