Steve Edberg has been an amateur astronomer since his youth and has worked professionally in astronomy since graduating from high school in 1970. Throughout his college and graduate school years at UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, and UCLA he worked at several major observatories in the U.S. and Australia. He has been at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1979. There he has worked on projects under development and in flight including Galileo, Cassini, and the Space Interferometry Mission. He has authored many public information documents and numerous classroom activities published on the World Wide Web. His photography, research, instruments, and writing have appeared in professional journals, in popular periodicals, and in several books. Steve is also a credentialed teacher.
Steve is always on the lookout to see with his own eyes and photograph natural phenomena. He rides a bicycle for his commute to work and for recreation, choosing from a road bike (his hot rod), a recumbent (his touring convertible), and a mountain bike. His wife has difficulty understanding why, even though he is an active observer, he has so many different telescopes. She complains more about them than about the bicycles taking up space in the garage.