Dr. Alan Strauss has been an active amateur astronomer for over 20 years, primarily enjoying visual observing and sketching at the eyepiece, as well as taking wide-field photographs of the Milky Way.
Among Alan’s favorite objects to observe are Mars, comets and eclipses. His most memorable visual observations are seeing the galactic jet in M87, the Venus Transit of 2012, and the total solar eclipse of 2017.
Professionally, Alan is the director of the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, an education and public outreach program of Steward Observatory and the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona in the USA.
In this position he strives to take the wonder and amazement around space sciences that individuals arrive with, and through science, deepen their understanding and sense of excitement.