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AD Stories: Mario Jurić’s Childhood Telescope

11 Jul 2017, 10:35 UTC
AD Stories: Mario Jurić’s Childhood Telescope
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AD Stories is back! Today were putting the spotlight on Mario Jurić, professor of astronomy at the University of Washington. Mario also had a story to share, about how a childhood summer astronomy class and their discovery of asteroids set the path for the rest of his life.
Mario Jurić
“It’s not just the physical artefacts that made the difference. I’ve personally witnessed how the act of searching for asteroids, learning how to do it, putting together the machinery, and making it all work has drawn dozens and dozens kids into astronomy and created friendships that have been lasting for decades. It got those kids excited about science, and showed that even in a world where everything seems to have been discovered (and all that’s left is to ‘consume’ it), there are still unknowns out there and it’s still possible to make a difference.
Even in a world where everything seems to have been discovered, there are still unknowns out there and it’s still possible to make a difference.
“I love this photo, from 1993. Those are a bunch of middle & high school kids in (then war-torn) Croatia, who have just built themselves a 40cm telescope (starting from a ...

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