All over the world, people gaze at the stars, including this solider of the German armed forces Bundeswehr in Kundus district, early April 25, 2009. For Center for Backyard Astrophysics members, now published in scientific journals, astronomy started as a hobby. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)
  • All over the world, people gaze at the stars, including this solider of the German armed forces Bundeswehr in Kundus district, early April 25, 2009. For Center for Backyard Astrophysics members, now published in scientific journals, astronomy started as a hobby. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)
  • Jerry Foote, a 66-year-old CBAer, with his telescope, in southern Utah. (Courtesy Jerry Foote)
  • Jennie McCormick, a CBAer in New Zealand, in her observatory. (Courtesy Jennie McCormick)
  • Jennie McCormick's equipment — a Meade LX200 14" f/10 ACF (on loan from Ohio State University) and a SBIG ST8XME CCD camera (on loan from CBA Columbia University). (Courtesy Jennie McCormick)
  • A typical image of a field of stars. (Courtesy Jennie McCormick)

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