Have A Stellar Birthday offers videos + eCards that capture this relationship between starlight, time, and people in the form of unique and thoughtful gifts that are for anyone with a birthday or anniversary.
Ever since humans first gazed up at the night sky, there has been wonder and a longing for a connection with the stars. This is where Astrology came from, and the epiphany has continued to this day with the science of Astronomy.
Time also has a connection with us all since it defines our memories of life and good times. It's a never ending river that we all travel upon.
Now there is a way for both to come together to be celebrated. For the stars are a source of wonder and beauty, that also involves time.
All stars are suns that are very far away - light years in fact. A light year is light traveling 186,000 miles per second for a year or about 6 trillion miles in distance.
A star that is 35 light years away means that we see the star as it was 35 years ago. On your 35th birthday, you could look up and see that star's light that left the star the year that you were born.
So in a sense, you can give a special person a gift in both space and time, a gift that shares the beauty of the stars, and the special memories of time.
Karl's background in astronomy goes back to 1968 at age 10, when he received his first telescope. Since then, he has become one of the most respected observers of the night sky.
In 1987 Karl co-founded the Chesmont Astronomical Society (CAS) in which he was president until April 2006. He also helped in the founding of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council (POLC) in 1995, which helps educate on good outdoor lighting practices, and the problem of light pollution.
Karl has given public presentations on observational astronomy and light pollution from Cherry Springs state park in northwest
Pennsylvania to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. He also has been interviewed for many articles in media outlets as in all local newspapers, magazines like Audubon, Nature, and Better Homes
and Gardens, as well as radio station KYW 1060 in Philadelphia, and PBS radio.
"Throughout human history the stars have been a source of wonder and mystery. They have influenced much of our culture in mysticism, religion, literature, art and music.
In science we understand that the stars are the foundation of life. Our own bodies are made up of elements forged from ancient exploding stars called supernova.
We are indeed in so many ways connected to the stars!"
- Karl Krasley
Frank's astronomy roots go back to the 1960s, when he purchased a small refractor. In the 70s he moved up to a six inch reflector. His interest in astrophotography began with a Sony digital camera in 2004. The first images were taken with an 11 inch Celestron telescope and included the Venus transit of the Sun, as well as solar and lunar images. Shortly after, using planetary cameras from Meade and Celestron, he was able to get images of Jupiter and Saturn, and high resolution shots of the surface of the moon.
In 2005 with the acquisition of an SBIG (Santa Barbara Instrument Group) CCD camera designed for deep space astrophotography he was able to refine techniques for capturing deep space objects such as star clusters, distant galaxies, and colorful emission and reflection nebulae.
In 2007 Frank began taking images from Schuylkill County, PA a rural area with dark skies. He built a permanent observatory shed with a roll-off roof and astrophotography became much more productive. Equipment upgrades followed and now Frank uses a 14 inch Meade ACF scope for smaller distant objects and a wide field TeleVue NP-101 refractor for larger objects.
Frank is a member of Chesmont Astronomical Society and the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers.
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HASB star distance information is from the Hipparcos survey