The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" but "That's funny..." - Isaac Asimov
Welcome to nightShifted Astronomy! My name is Wesley Surber and I am the founder and editor of this site. The science and activities of astronomy have captured my imagination since I was a child. My obsession with astronomy began when the Hale-Bopp Comet graced the skies over the earth in the mid-1990s. The small town where I grew up was blessed with some of the darkest skies in the United States and my entire family was treated to seemingly endless nights of viewing the dusty trails of Hale-Bopp as it traversed across the heavens.
My interest in astronomy has taken me around the world where I have had opportunities to work in a variety of professional and amateur astronomy settings. I served as president of the Clovis Astronomy Club in Clovis, New Mexico in the early 2000s and worked for several years volunteering at Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus in Crowell, Texas, which is still a highlight of my astronomical experiences.
What is nightShifted Astronomy
nightShifted Astronomy, sometimes abbreviated as nA, is a privately-owned education, outreach, and research organization dedicated to sharing the wonders of the night sky with the general public. It was founded in 2006 in Wichita Falls, Texas, after a series of observing mishaps led me to establish an outreach program for helping amateur astronomers get the most out of their observing sessions. nightShifted Astronomy is currently headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, but will be relocating to a temporary facility in San Antonio, Texas, in late 2014.
nightShifted Astronomy is proud to partner regularly with the Miami Valley Astronomical Society (MVAS), which I proudly call my home astronomy club, the Astronomical League, and NASA.
What about the blog?
nightShifted Astronomy began as an astronomy blog in 2006 and evolved into its current form shortly thereafter. I have maintained the site as an active astronomy blog since August of 2006, but more recently it has been reduced to an astronomical news aggregator. To improve the quality of the content of the blog, I will no longer publish entries at regular intervals. Instead, blog entries will be published infrequently or as topics arise that I feel are worth addressing within the scope of the program's intentions.
The astronomy blog pages will return in shortly in their new format. Continue to check back soon for updates.