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OUR TEAM

MATTHIAS SCHMITT

GUIDE + ASTRONOMER

"Astronomy compels the soul to look upward and leads us from this world to another." - Plato

Matthias has been passionately involved in astronomy outreach and public events in astronomy, STEM, and space sciences for over ten years. He teaches a wide range of astronomy topics to K-12 students and members of the Amateur Astronomers' Association of New York. He is an avid eclipse chaser with observations in Oregon, Argentina, Oman, and other locations. Previously, he was Executive Producer of the CGI-animated STEM show Space Racers in New York City. Matthias holds a graduate certificate in Astronomy from Swinburne University's Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing and is working on his Master of Science. He is a member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the St. George Astronomy Group, and the Amateur Astronomer Association of New York. 

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DEVON SALASIN

GUIDE + ASTRONOMER

“The view of earth is absolutely spectacular, and the feeling of looking back and seeing your planet as a planet is just an amazing feeling. It’s a totally different perspective, and it makes you appreciate, actually, how fragile our existence is.” -Sally Ride 

Devon’s passion for our home planet has fueled her interest into the fields of Planetary Science and Astronomy. Graduating from Penn State University, she spent most of her time in the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, soaking up everything  Astrobiology and Climatology. Leaving the planet and our day-to-day lives behind,  she ponders some of the Universe’s biggest questions. Where did we come from? Is anybody out there?

KRAMER DITTY

NIGHT SKY ASSISTANT

"If it’s a new planet, sign me up. I’m tired of driving around the block, boldly going where hundreds have gone before in orbit around earth—give me a place to go and I’ll go."

- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Kramer's enthusiasm for stars has always been rooted in the science - that we are all made up of stardust. As one who celebrates and recognizes that the universe is much larger than each of us here on Planet Earth, Kramer is often finding ways to capture its grandiosity through music and videography. You will often find him setting the mood, or seeking out the ISS and other celestial objects from above.

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HANNAH BARRY

NIGHT SKY ASSISTANT

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere." - Carl Sagan

Hannah's love for the night sky has grown from her adventurous spirit of being outdoors. Camping along the Rio Grande, biking under the Milky Way in Death Valley, and hiking through the Atacama desert have all contributed to her curiosity of constellations and planets. As a part of the Stargazing Zion team, Hannah works to create an immersive and enjoyable experience for guests. You can often find her preparing beverages or fluffing chairs, or pointing out her zodiac Capricorn. 

CHRIS GILES

NIGHT SKY ASSISTANT

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” - Stephen Hawking

Chris is a nature geek who likes to observe and preserve the natural world. He recently attained a bachelor of science degree in biology from DSU. He has a deep fascination with space, and loves to learn mind blowing facts that make us thoroughly think about our existence, and the mystery of the universe. You can find him outside with his camera exploring the amazing landscapes in the area, and capturing photos of the stars. 

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BAILEE ALLEN

GUIDE + ASTRONOMER

"If people sat outside and looked at the stars every night, I bet they'd live a lot differently.” - Calvin and Hobbes

 

Bailee is a member of the St. George Astronomy Group and the former president and founder of the Trailgazers Astronomy Club at Utah Tech University. When she’s not climbing, she spends her daylight hours designing apps and developing sensor systems for Utah’s state and national parks with her research team. Her love for all things celestial was ignited during the total solar eclipse in 2017 and she has been on a quest to share that love with others ever since! Bailee is currently studying to become a Utah Master Naturalist of Dark Sky Observations.