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Dan Benedict,

Astronomy Journalist and Educator
Dan Benedict

Astronomy journalist and educator Dan Benedict's interest in astronomy began in earnest one August night in 1960 when his father gathered the family in the front yard to watch America’s first successful communications satellite, Echo-1, travel across the sky and disappear into Earth’s shadow. He is an avid practitioner of naked-eye astronomy, observing those celestial objects and phenomena that can be easily seen by the casual stargazer with the unaided eye, such as the appearance of planets, bright stars and their constellations, satellites, meteor showers and eclipses. He notes that "Until 400 years ago, all astronomy was naked-eye astronomy." He is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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