Four hundred years ago the universe expanded beyond our wildest imaginations. Tuscan physicist, mathematician and astronomer Galileo Galilei was one man against the tide, but what he observed through his telescope was direct evidence that the Sun, and not the Earth, was the center of planetary motion.
In just the past few months, we had yet another universe-expanding experience with the first visual images of planets outside our own solar system. It’s a good time to be an astronomer, and Berthoud is a great place to be one – at least for a night. The Little Thompson Observatory was created to give us all that chance, and now there are more exciting things for would-be stargazers.
2009 will mark the International Year of Astronomy, and Berthoud astronomer Andrea Schweitzer will serve as U.S. project manager for the celebration, bringing the world’s spotlight to the area. In the weeks to come, the Berthoud Recorder will be talking with Colorado astronomers and looking at what makes the Front Range such a unique and wonderful place for atmospheric, astronomical and climate research.