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Off Beat Things are looking up for family telescope

By on September 16, 2019

first_imgThe story that inspired the Giovannis’ gift.For the last 10 years, Nick Giovanni’s telescope saw a lot more garage dust than stardust.Now, following a Columbian story about a regional astronomy facility, the 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope has a new home at Goldendale Observatory State Park.His family has been interested in astronomy for 50 years, said Giovanni, who moved to Vancouver in July. It’s not just driveway stargazing, either. His daughter was a University of Arizona student when she discovered a new class of star.“During the 1960s and 1970s, like a lot of people, I became fascinated with space exploration,” Giovanni said. “I read all I could about space and planets.”His brother Chris, also starstruck, bought the telescope in 1985. Nick Giovanni’s daughter Melissa took the family passion another step when she went to the University of Arizona in 1997 to study astronomy.During a session with the 90-inch telescope at Kitt Peak Observatory, she told her instructor about an unusual object. In a science blog, the instructor described it as “the funniest-looking thing I’d ever seen.”It was a newly discovered class of sub-dwarf B star that — as the blog reported — pulsates like Jell-O, quivering in space through hourlong cycles.last_img read more

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