John Philip Hunter was born and raised in Massachusetts. It was there that he developed a deep connection to astronomy. As a child he spent many nights observing the skies above with his father and older brother. He would accompany his dad to the Boston Museum of Science, where he would spend hours learning about science and space. Oddly enough, John never had aspirations to become an astronomer. Most astronomers stay in one location for many years as they work, and John’s quite fond of traveling.
As a teenager, he had many experiences that strengthened his fascination with the skies. He had the privilege to visit Stonehenge and he’s described this remarkable experience as one that helped him to understand why the ancients were so attracted to stargazing. It was in Italy where Mr. Hunter felt a deep connection to the legendary Galileo, whom he spent many years studying and appreciating. He found it awe inspiring to walk the very streets the famous astronomer had once walked centuries earlier.
Mr. Hunter purchased his very first telescope from a thrift store in California years ago. Although it wasn’t a top-of-the-line telescope, he was thrilled to more closely observe the stars. One of the very first things John observed with that telescope was the moon.
Outside of his interests in astronomy, John also likes to read and learn about new technologies – especially those that allow people around the world to learn, discover and communicate. He is a strong supporter of the educational system and would like to see more focus within the areas of science.