Mike Ryan @jmrastro

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Mike Ryan is a lifelong amateur astronomer and space exploration enthusiast. He fell in love with the stars and planets at the then-new Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco at age four, got his first telescope at five, and has been enthralled and engaged ever since.  He is the longest member of the San Mateo County Astronomical Society, which was formed on July 3rd, 1960.  Mike joined it in April of 1963, at the age of 13.

Mike pursued a career as an aerospace-defense systems engineer and automotive engineer, but has also served on the astronomy staffs at Morrison Planetarium (twice!) at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, as well as volunteering for decades with the astronomy outreach program at the College of San Mateo. He has been an enthusiastic planetarium lecturer at each of those locations.

At this stage of his life, Mike enjoys nothing better than sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with others, through teaching and training up and coming enthusiasts. The knowledge and exploration of Space has been his greatest fulfillment, and he is thrilled to share it with others.