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Astronomy Adventures29 High Feather Ranch Rd
Cerrillos, NM 87010
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Peter Lipscomb, award-winning astrophotographer, operates Astronomy Adventures. New Mexico State Parks ranger by day and stargazer by night, he specializes in outdoor education. In the past, Peter served as director of the Night Sky Program for the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance. From 2007-2010 he wrote a weekly astronomy column for The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper. His work has also appeared in Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazines.
Over the years, Peter has worked with Amazon, Anheuser-Busch, Apple, The Bishop’s Lodge, The Commonweal Conservancy, Dow Chemical, Eli Lilly & Company, Encantado Resort, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Inn of The Anasazi, KPMG, Microsoft, The National Park Service and Chaco Culture National Historic Park, The National Association of Realtors, New Mexico State Parks, Osram Opto Semiconductor, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Raymond James, Raytheon Systems, The Santa Fe Conservation Trust, The Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau, Taos Pueblo, and Washington Mutual.
During a tour, Peter engages his guest’s interest by bringing the wonders of the night sky to a level that is more accessible and understood. The clockwork of the sky and what is seen depending upon the time of year is explained. Major constellations are pointed out. Using star lore based upon Greek mythology and other cultures from around the world, star patterns are explored and placed into a memorable context.
Moving from a broad view of the sky, Peter gradually brings the more remote jewels of the night sky within reach. Participants are introduced to close-up views of objects such as galaxies, nebulae and star clusters. The latest scientific findings about each object are shared to help provide a foundation for deeper understanding.
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