"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 manages night sky programs for the National Park Service and teaches a wide range of astronomy topics to K-12 students and adults at astronomy clubs. He is an avid eclipse chaser with observations in Antarctica, Oregon, Argentina, Oman, and other locations. Previously, he was the Executive Producer of the CGI-animated STEM television show Space Racers. Matthias holds a Master of Science in Astronomy from Swinburne University's Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing. He is a member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the St. George Astronomy Group, and the Amateur Astronomer Association of New York.
“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?
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"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.
Zoie is in her element when she is outdoors exploring the wonders of the natural world. She graduated from BYU-Hawaii with a Bachelors of Science in Biology with a Marine Emphasis. Now living in the desert, Zoie shares her love of science and learning by teaching multiple classes ranging from Earth Science to Human Anatomy at a local private school. In her free time you can find her in the outdoors exploring trails with her camera, fishing, sailing, and working in her garden.
"Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science." —Edwin Hubble
Macy loves the earth and the night sky above it. Her best education is the countless hours spent outside, learning the names of the birds, plants, and constellations, but she's also learning a thing or two as a Botany major at Utah Valley University and from completing USU's Dark Sky Observations program. Macy is doing her best to understand the universe and her place in it through study and observation. She is a firm believer that there is little a night spent under the stars can't fix.
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"Perhaps there is a pattern set up in the heavens for one who desires to see it, and having seen it, to find one in himself." - Plato
Tanner's curiosity of the night sky stems from constantly being outdoors. The most fascinating thing in the sky to Tanner is the Milky Way because of how close but yet so far it is away from us. You can find him outside with his camera capturing the essence of mother nature, through landscapes and the vast multitude of stars.
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“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.
"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.
"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.