Jim Heidenberger

Jim Heidenberger teaches science at Santa Fe Prep and has been sharing his love of astronomy and dark skies for over twenty years. Even before his teaching career, as an amateur astronomer in New Jersey, Jim partnered with community schools to conduct star parties. He also brought astronomical content into the classroom through the Project Astro Nova program and as a liaison scientist while working for companies such as International Paper and General Motors. The joy he experienced sharing the wonders of the night sky ultimately led to him to earn a Master of Science degree in Astronomy and his teacher certification. While living in NJ, Jim got his starry sky fix by operating the 18” telescope at the New Jersey Astronomical Association, conducting night sky tours for the general public. Since moving to the New Mexico, he has found the true joy experienced under the vast skies of the Southwest. Over the past few years, Jim has enjoyed a new extension of his love for the night sky, nightscape digital photography. He looks forward to sharing his excitement and growing experience with you!

Faculty Courses

Into the Dark

“I know nothing with any certainty; but, the sight of the stars makes me dream.” Vincent Van Gogh It is said that a starry sky is equally interesting to a scientist, a philosopher, a priest, or a poet. While looking up at the bountiful richness revealed in a dark sky setting, each person experiences something…

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