Sten Odenwald

Sten Odenwald received his Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University in 1982, and has since been employed by the Space Sciences Division of the Naval Research Laboratory (1982-1990), BDM International (1991-1992), the Applied Research Corporation (1993-1996) and most recently Raytheon (1996-2000+), all located in the greater Washington, D.C. area. He has turned his creative energies toward public education, writing for magazines such as Astronomy and Sky and Telescope. He has won a number of awards from NASA, Raytheon and the American Astronomical Society for his education work. He is the author of four books, The Astronomy Cafe (1998), The 23rd Cycle: Learning to Live with a Stormy Star (2000), Patterns in the Void: Why Nothing is Important (2002) and Back to the Astronomy Cafe (2003). His award-winning Web site the Astronomy Cafe ( is a great place to visit for information on space and astronomy from A to Z. Dr. Odenwald currently works with NASA as Education and Public Outreach Manager for the IMAGE satellite project and is involved with the NASA Office of Space Science’s “Sun-Earth Connection Education Form,” where he develops new NASA resources in solar-terrestrial science education, and works with teachers at national conventions and workshops across the country. He received NASA’s “Excellence in Outreach” award in 1999 from the Goddard Space Flight Center.

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