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Robert Burgess


Ambassador Since 2004

Brunswick, Maine 4011
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Biographical Information:


Photo of Ambassador Robert Burgess Robert is a passionate amateur astronomer currently working in banking and law. His interest in astronomy started when he was eight years old after witnessing his first total lunar eclipse and being caught up in the excitement of the space race. A few years later and age 17 Robert had the unique experience of being in Moscow in July 1969 when the United States first landed on the moon. He recalls this experience as one where the achievement of humanity was recognized rather than that of one country. About five years ago, his interest in space was rekindled and he joined the Astronomical Society of Northern New England volunteering to head up a fundraising effort to build the new Starfield Observatory in Kennebunk. Thereafter, Robert became club treasurer and has served these last two years as president. His mission at the club has been to build connections with other astronomy organizations and resources to leverage our star party experience as much as possible. He feels that the their efforts have been largely successful as the club has grown and is now considered a trusted astronomical resource in southern Maine, doing more structured work with middle and high school teachers and the newly developed "Star Party Curriculum." Robert is the father of two wonderful children (ages 7 and 9 years old) who also enjoy astronomy. He just completed a 10x16 roll-off roof backyard observatory, sporting two piers with a C-14 on an AP 900 Goto mount, and a friend's 5" AP refractor on an AP 1200 Goto. Robert and his family are primed for some good observing and serving the community in the Bath-Brunswick area of coastal Maine.


Past events hosted by this Ambassador:

Astronomy Club Meeting
Southern Maine Astronomers

Star Party
Starburst Meadows Observatory

Third Grade Space Science
Longfellow School

Topsham 5th Graders
Topsham Elementary

Transit of Venus
Crystal Spring Farm


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