Lincoln-Way West Student Presents to Peers about Astronomy
Friday, May 10, 2019

When it came time to study optics in Mr. Brian Nowak’s Physics class, Lincoln-Way West junior Jeff Stepien approached his teacher and asked if he could present to his peers about a passion of his- telescopes.

Jeff has been interested in Science his whole life. He began using binoculars at a young age, and for his 15th birthday, received a telescope. Since then, his eyes have been looking to the skies as an amateur astronomer.

“I bought three eye pieces,” he said. “This one I use to find galaxies, the smaller ones make the image a lot bigger.”

Jeff has studied the moon, sun, eight galaxies, 50 nebulae and every single planet in the solar system. Using an app on his phone, Jeff is able to take outstanding photos, which he shared with his classmates.

Jeff says he photographs Saturn and Jupiter the most, and has photographed a lunar eclipse and the recent solar eclipse.

“Most of it’s by memory,” he said. “I can find each constellation.”

Jeff plans to major in Astrophysics.