About

I spent a little over a decade doing astronomy education and outreach. I worked at a little historic observatory in Southern Utah called the Ashcroft Observatory for 6 years (and volunteered an additional 2).

After that I worked for the National Park Service on the Master Astronomer Program and then became a ranger. I worked for Cedar Breaks National Monument for 4 years hosting pretty much every star party we ran from 2015-2019, and coordinating the Southwest Astronomy Festival from 2017-2019.

I was the president of the Southern Utah Space Foundation for 5 years – a non-profit dedicated to astronomy outreach and access. Basically, it was the nerdiest astronomy club of all time. We knew how to throw a star PARTY ok?? (See themed star party below):

Board members of SUSF in 2019
We also just ran a bunch of normal star parties too…

I’ve volunteered at Bryce Canyon’s Astrofest for 3 years, Navajo Bridge Star Party at Glen Canyon, partnered with the St. George Astronomy Group, Kanab’s Amazing Earthfest, the Stellar Vista Observatory, the Great Basin Observatory, and all in all, I’ve run over 1,000 star parties in my career (the number is actually closer to 2,000 but “almost 2,000” doesn’t sound as impressive as “over 1,000” for some reason).

Last year I moved to the Western side of Nebraska for a full-time day job doing… well… not astronomy. At least we have Carhenge here:

Astronomy education and outreach was a fun ride and I enjoyed all most of it. Now I just do astronomy things as a hobby. On the upside, now that I make a living wage, I’m starting to get into that elitist of hobbies: Astrophotography!

6 Responses to “About”

  1. Claudio August 30, 2020 at 1:54 pm #

    Hi Loren! I am wondering if I could use your video of the Titius-Bode law for my Astro class. If yes, how do you require people using your work to give you credit? Thanks!

  2. abilynn May 22, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Um, Loren, i know we haven’t known each other for that long, but…can we be best friends?

  3. deecrowseer May 16, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Yay for the “geek revolution”… and yay for cute geeky girls! 🙂

    • lorenriley May 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

      Agreed! More geeks! More nerds! And thanks 🙂

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