Look into the night sky when you're way out in the country and there's no artificial light for miles: What you'll see will astound you. Now imagine you had a telescope and a good camera for capturing all that stellar glory. Even then, the images might not do justice to reality – unless you had the skills of Rob Pettengill. The local astrophotographer got his first telescope when he was 8 years old; now, he's among this year's NASA JPL Solar System Ambassadors and continues to use his professional experiences in computation, electronics, and imaging to bring the starry heavens a little closer to earth.
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