William Georgevich has been gazing at the heavens for nearly 40 years since he received his first telescope at age seven. Bill's astronomical career had a great beginning when, as a recipient of a National Science Foundation grant, he was privileged enough to begin study under the aegis of Clyde Tombaugh, the only living discoverer of a planet (Pluto).
Trained as a physicist in the University of Texas system, Bill made a personal commitment to build his own observatory to study fast-breaking transient cosmic phenomena. Twenty years later that dream has come true. Windowpane Observatory is a privately owned facility dedicated to the discovery of comets, supernovae, and asteroids that might hit the earth. During those twenty years Bill branched out into other occupations to finance his dream. As a radio syndicator, he promoted educational science programs like "Stardate", which started at Bill's alma mater University of Texas.
"You can identify an astronomer by the fact that whenever they step out the door at night, they look up. To understand and be oriented to the night sky is far more than merely educational. Finding your place in the universe gives every human a cosmic perspective on their life and its relationship to time and space. I believe that a human being cannot fully grasp their existence without this knowledge and experience. Expanding one's awareness beyond the confines of this planet gives us the cosmic perspective to cope with our daily problems here on Earth. It is my intention to actively share this perspective with every Internet user".
- Bill Georgevich
- Photo Credits
- Halley's Comet: Public Domain photo from ESA's (European Space Agency) Giotto mission taken with the Halley multi-color camera.
- Jupiter Montage: Public Domain photo from JPL/NASA (Jet Propulsion Laboratories/National Aeronautical Space Agency) Voyager spacecraft.
- Gaspra: Public Domain photo from the JPL/NASA Galileo spacecraft.
- Supernova 1987a Rings: Public Domain photo from STSI (Space Telescope Science Institute) taken with the Hubble space telescope's wide field planetary camera2.
- Lagoon Nebula: Public Domain photo from University of Arizona's SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) Messier image catalog.
- Elliptical Galaxy: Public Domain photo from University of Arizona's SEDS Messier image catalog.