SO, WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

The Pedaling Astronomer Project is an educational effort undertaken to increase public awareness of, and to encourage participation in, astronomy and bicycling.

It leverages the Great American Solar Eclipse – the biggest US-centric astronomy event of our lifetime – to turn widespread focus upon two of our most wholesome, mind-expanding, life-enriching pursuits.

The project is the brainchild of Gary Parkerson, the Pedaling Astronomer. By day, Gary is a dedicated cyclist. By night, he is an internationally recognized authority on the astro-tech industry and editor of Astronomy Technology Today magazine.

The project consists of a solo bicycle journey through all lower-48 US states, plus Washington DC. Along the way, the Pedaling Astronomer will share spectacular telescope views of the Sun, Moon and brightest night-sky objects, as well as provide educational talks on the feasibility of cycling as a primary mode of transportation.

Gary rides a custom-outfitted cargo bicycle, carrying all supplies required for self-sustained travel, including the latest in mobile communications, navigation and cycling-safety technology. He will also carry astronomical equipment for both solar and night-sky viewing and photography.

SHARING ASTRONOMY

AT THE MORE HUMAN PACE OF A BICYCLE

WHAT: A self-sustained solo bicycle journey celebrating the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017.

WHY: To demonstrate the life-enhancing benefits of amateur astronomy and of bicycling as primary transportation.

THE CHALLENGE: Sharing telescope views in 48 states in 18 months.

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