Wyoming Stargazing is a new educational nonprofit organization based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was founded by Dr. Samuel Singer who recently received his PhD in Science Education from the University of Wyoming. After building two telescopes and establishing a small astronomical observatory at Hampshire College as part of his bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy, Samuel went on to be recognized by NASA for an astronomy lesson plan he wrote and to build a second small observatory for the Teton Science Schools in Jackson Hole, where he now lives.
He founded Wyoming Stargazing as a way to further his passion for helping others explore the extraordinary in the ordinary. The mission of Wyoming Star Gazing is to provide opportunities for everyone to learn about the extraordinary night sky above their heads.
In addition to public and private stargazing events, Wyoming Stargazing will offer telescope building workshops, astronomy lectures, and telescope/observatory consulting. We currently have three small telescopes that we will begin operations with very soon. Our vision is to create a public observatory and planetarium in Jackson Hole.
Jackson Hole Observatory and Planetarium
As you may already know, Jackson Hole is a major tourist destination because of the abundant wildlife and incredible mountains we have in Grand Teton National Park. However, the high elevation of Jackson Hole along with the cold, dry atmosphere also offer incredible views of the moon, planets, stars, and galaxies throughout the year. Close to 3 million visitors come to GTNP annually, and Wyoming Stargazing hopes to reach them all. We also intend to reach out to public and private schools across Wyoming and to the greater Rocky Mountain Region.
DFM Engineering, one of the oldest and most well respected telescope manufacturers in the industry will hopefully be building the telescope for the observatory and designing the observatory building. The telescope will have a mirror that is 1.25 meters in diameter. Its primary role will be visual observing, but it will be capable of professional level astronomical research. We estimate that the total cost of the observatory will be $3.5 million.
The planetarium will hopefully be designed by Carney, Logan, and Burke, a local architectural firm known for its place-conscious design. The planetarium will feature a 100-seat dome theater and exhibits for visitors to learn about astronomy. We estimate that the total cost of the planetarium will also be $2.5 million.
We are using this Indiegogo campaign to raise $10,000 of start-up capital for Wyoming Stargazing, so we can begin to offer free public star gazing events in Jackson. This campaign also marks the beginning of our efforts to raise the funds for the Jackson Hole Observatory and Planetarium. We hope that this fundraising campaign serves as a demonstration of our potential, which might help us attract other investors. Even if you can make only a small contribution it will help others explore this extraordinary universe!
If you donate $5 or more, we'll add your name to our list of contributors on our website.
If you donate $25, we'll send you a Wyoming Stargazing bumper sticker.
If you donate $50 we'll send you a pair of solar glasses to safely look at the Sun.
If you donate $75 we'll send you a Night Sky Planisphere.
If you donate $100 we'll send you a green laser pointer so you can point out the stars to your friends.
If you donate $250 we'll send you a Wyoming Stargazing lifetime
membership for free entry into all of the space theater shows in the
If you donate $500 we'll send you the 7-DVD disc Cosmos TV series starring Carl Sagan.
If you donate $1000 we’ll send you a framed 12" x 18" astrophotography print like the one on our logo.
If you donate $10,000 we'll fly you or a friend or a family member to the grand opening of either the planetarium or the observatory.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't afford a monetary donation you can still help us out. Just go to our website at www.wyomingstargazing.org, click on the links for our Facebook page and Like us. You can also Follow us on Twitter or just read our Blog. In short, please spread the word about Wyoming Stargazing and our plans to build the Jackson Hole Observatory and Planetarium.
If you have any questions about Wyoming Stargazing feel free to check out our website at www.wyomingstargazing.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call our Founder and Executive Director Dr. Samuel Singer directly at (307) 413-4779.
Thanks for your support!