After building his first telescope in high school, Cameron Pace continued to pursue his astronomical studies throughout his college career earning a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree in astronomy. Now an assistant professor of physics at Southern Utah University, Pace is able to share his knowledge and expertise of astronomy with his students in the classroom and at the Ashcroft Observatory.
Growing up in Bicknell, Utah Pace had access to very dark skies. He spent many hours outside looking at the stars, learning their positions and movements. Pace solidified his desire to work in astronomy, and opened up many more wonders, after building his own 8” telescope.
“The most interesting thing about astronomy is that while we learn so much, there are still many unanswered questions. It seems that each new generation of telescopes, produces as many new questions as it answers,” said Pace. “I love it because it’s accessible to anyone, no special equipment or ingredients required. Anyone can go outside and look up.”