who we are

Laura Nasise, R.N.

Co-Founder of Star Chaserz, Inc.

I have had the great privilege of being born and raised in Northern California. My home town for twenty years sits in one of the darkest areas not only of California, but 30 miles east is the Massacre Rim Wilderness which is one of the darkest skies in the contiguous U.S. and it is designated as a Dark Sky Sanctuary.

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Biography of Presenter Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan is the current president and 58-year member, of the San Mateo County Astronomical Society (SMCAS). He's a career automotive, aerospace and systems engineer, but has served on astronomy staffs at the Academy of Science's Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco, at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, and at the College of San Mateo back in the 1960's.

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Brent Simons

Biography of Brent Simons

Brent, a retired electronics engineer, spent many years of his career designing satellite systems. He has been interested in astronomy since acquiring his first telescope at age 12. “The bad news is that growing up and working in the Bay Area limited the objects that could be viewed due to the large amount of light pollution.” Astrophotography was put on the back burner for the next 40 years.

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Norman C. Nasise, M.D.

Biography of Co-Founder Norman C. Nasise, M.D.

Me with my 20” Dobsonian in my newly constructed observatory.

I always had an interest in science. I was child of the space race between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. I remember looking up and in the evening sky and seeing Sputnik and Muttnik fly overhead. I remember seeing the news on TV that Yuri Gagarin was the 1st human being launched in space. I stayed home from school and watched every Mercury launch from Alan Shepard to Gordon Cooper. When I was in 6th grade we took a field trip to the Peabody Museum, and the Hayden Planetarium.

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