About Starry Trails – Suzie Dills

suzie outdoors mead kids (2)           On a clear starry August night, more than 30 years ago, I stepped outside looked up and was hooked on stargazing! I have been dazzled and amazed ever since! There are so many delights to see with your eyes and binoculars. After taking a few Astronomy classes, learning to read star maps and practicing, I began to understand the planet and constellation positions. When presenting public astronomy programs, I met many families that had difficulty finding the constellations and planets. That’s why I created Starry Trails, a fun and easy way to explore the night sky from your very own backyard. I wanted to share my knowledge of the night sky to assist as many of you as possible, so you could learn, understand and love the stars!

So, what is Starry Trails?

Starry Trails is a monthly publication that helps you navigate and learn about the night sky.

Each month Starry Trails includes :

    • The Narrative – This will explain where to look and how to identify stars, deep sky objects, constellations, planets!

    • Highlights – Every month the sky brings new things to see! I’ll give you the best of the best !

    • Brightest Stars – I’ll let you know the brightest stars in the East, West, North or South!

    • Binocular Highlights – Not everything is visible with just your eyes, there are some amazing things to see when you use a pair of binoculars!

    • Telescope Highlights – Telescopes allow you to see even more stars! Deeper in space.

    • Illustrations -Will show you the position of the constellations and help you seek them out.

    • Starry Star Map – Your simple guide to locate stars, planets and constellation positions.

    • Starry Trail Map –  While using the narrative, this is your visual guide on starting point and the monthly adventure through the night sky.

    • StarryTrails.com – Is where you will find the monthly issue, pictures, articles, my favorite astro links, & fun astronomy kids activities – like puzzles, seek-n-find & a whole lot more!

About me:

Suzie has shared her love of astronomy with people of all ages for nearly two decades! She is currently the Planetarium Director at the Hoover-Price Planetarium in Canton, Ohio and has provided night sky programs for thousands of people. Prior to joining the planetarium, Suzie developed and implemented Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs for Girls Scouts of North East Ohio. Through her innovative programming, Suzie engaged and inspired hundreds of girls and young women in STEM. Suzie also delivered astronomy and space science educational programming at Lake Erie Nature and Science Center’s Walter R. Schuele Planetarium. Through hundreds of programs, Suzie engaged students, scouts, community groups and families.

Suzie created Starry Trails as a fun and easy way for people to head out in their own backyard and learn the night sky. Every month Suzie creates simple to read star maps, illustrations, a night sky write-up and an audio night sky tour.

Suzie is also the author of a series of children’s books called Stella’s Starry Adventures. She created Stella’s Starry Adventures so kids could learn to find seasonal constellations at home and learn about the Moon, with her lovable dog Stella as their guide!

Suzie also provides astronomy programs with her Starry Trails Starlab, a portable planetarium, and telescope star parties. She volunteers for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio and was instrumental in constructing two observatories with state-of-the-art telescopes at Girl Scout camps. Suzie writes monthly astronomy articles for the Canton Repository and Akron Beacon Journal.

Suzie is a member of Cleveland Astronomical Society, Cuyahoga Astronomical Association, Cleveland Regional Association for Planetariums and Great Lakes Planetarium Association.

Suzie loves to inspire folks to head out and enjoy the night sky and for kids to love science!

Have a question? Email Suzie at suzieastro@yahoo.com – Hope to see you under the stars! and don’t forget to leave a comment on what you have seen or join me on Facebook !


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