|By Marketwired .||
|July 21, 2014 07:00 AM EDT||
SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (Marketwired) -- 07/21/14 -- July 4th was not only a good night to watch some amazing fireworks illuminating the sky and celebrate the independence of the United States, but also the only opportunity in 2014 to observe the opposition of Pluto from the earth. Normally the planet is too far away to be seen by amateur observers, but in the early morning hours of July 4th hobby astronomer had a rare chance to take a glimpse at Pluto. Despite the favorable constellation curious onlookers still needed a telescope with an aperture of at least 10 inches, as well as an exact chart of the stars in order to pinpoint Pluto amongst the many stars in the night sky. The dwarf planet is the only object in the Kuiper Belt that can be seen with the naked eye and was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh of Lowell Observatory.
Lowell Observatory, an astronomical observatory that was established in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1894, still plays a significant role in the exploration of our solar system and was named one of "The World's 100 Most Important Places" by TIME in 2011. Founded by Percival Lowell, a renowned astronomer from Boston, the observatory has remained in the hands of the Lowell family up to today. Lowell Observatory operates a number of telescopes at three different locations in Arizona, as well some smaller telescopes in Australia and Chile. While most of these telescopes are used by Lowell's astronomers for their ongoing research projects, some telescopes are open to the public and used to inform and educate visitors through tours, telescope viewings and special programs. In an effort to support both, the Lowell's research and educational efforts, Jason Hope, a successful Arizona-based entrepreneur who is known for his generous contributions to scientific projects, made a considerable donation to Lowell Observatory.
"The history of Lowell Observatory is incredible; we are truly lucky to have such a fine research and educational facility in our state. From the discovery of Pluto and the expanding universe among other notable breakthroughs concerning the cosmos, Lowell Observatory is an incredibly important place for all of us. As a self-admitted space junkie, I'm proud to contribute to such a renowned organization," said Jason Hope. As a token of appreciation, Hope was recognized as a "Friend of Lowell," which allows him to participate in daytime and evening activities at the observatory and grants him free access to more than 300 science centers across the United States.
Jason Hope is an entrepreneur, an investor and a futurist with a great passion for philanthropy, especially in the fields of education, scientific research, disease cure and biotechnology. Born and raised in Tempe, Arizona, Hope attended Arizona State University where he received a degree in finance, followed by an MBA from W.P. Carey School of Business. Today, Hope resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, from where he runs his multiple businesses and keeps an eye on the various philanthropic causes and non-profit organizations he supports, amongst them True Colors Fund, The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, The Andre Agassi Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, The Tony Hawk Foundation, Family Health International, T Gen Foundation, Worldwide Orphans Foundation and the Arizona Science Center.
Jason Hope Blog: http://www.JasonHopeNews.com
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