Rob Pettengill, Ph.D., is an engineer, astrophotographer, sidewalk astronomer, and volunteer astronomy educator from Austin, Texas. As a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, he gives astronomy and astrophotography talks to schools and clubs. His BadAstroPhotos.com website images and how-to content are free for non-commercial reuse to readers in 168 countries. In social media, his outreach is on Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, Cloudy Nights, and Quora, where he’s a “most read” astrophotography and amateur astronomy author. Rob earned his Ph.D. at Stanford for research in medical microelectronics. At Texas Instruments, he designed integrated circuits for speech synthesis and recognition. Rob has won accolades including awards from the Texas Star Party and Astronomical League, as well as many Flickr Explore selections. His images have been featured on the BBC and Time Warner, as well as in EarthSky and Sky & Telescope. He’s a team member of the 2019 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador Program.
Observatories are great places to view and photograph the night sky. Tips from an astrophotographer’s trip to the Very Large Array in New Mexico – to help you plan your next astrophotography adventure – plus awesome photos.
Learn what it would be like to travel to Chile – sometimes called astronomy’s world capital – in this final report from Robert Pettengill with the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador Program. Thank you for your dispatches, Rob!