TOMS RIVER – In today’s modern world, the majority of the population spends a great deal of time looking at a computer screen, a television, and of course, their phones. But for a small group of individuals in the Ocean County area, looking up into the night sky is a burning passion.
The origins of astronomy date back thousands of years, with conventional wisdom citing its genesis in ancient Mesopotamia. Early beliefs held that the heavens revolved around the Earth, and it would not be until hundreds of years later that a Greek astronomer, Hipparchus of Nicaea, was credited with compiling the first stellar catalogue that listed over 800 stars. But today’s modern telescopes now peer far into the known universe, looking not only past our solar system, but even our Milky Way Galaxy to others that lie lightyears beyond.