I was first introduced to the wonders of astronomy during a summer camping trip with
my father to Yellowstone National Park. My father showed me the Milky Way for the first time. He
explained what a galaxy is and where we are in the Milky Way, while my mind slowly realized that
what I was looking at was a galaxy from the inside. A piece of the universe had snapped into view and
space had become a place full of wonders to explore. My passion for exploring the cosmos continued
in 1994 in the third grade. I showed the class how to make a pinhole projector for a partial solar
eclipse. I was captivated when I saw the Sun vanish behind the sphere of the Moon. I visualized the
orbit of the Moon and the how the eclipse worked. My obsession with the cosmos grew with trips to
the local planetarium and television shows like Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Star Trek and Dr. Who.
My goal is to continue graduate studies and earn a PhD in Astronomy and to continue research in compact binary systems and to teach and inspire future astronomers.
The Universe is full of wonders and I am grateful for the opportunity to explore them. Please help me further explore these wonders by contributing towards funding my graduate education.
- Kelly Donyes
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- Kelly Donyes
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