Welcome to Cedarville, CA!

About the Team Lead

Get to know Terry Miller:

Q: What is your occupation?
A: I’m a retired math and science teacher. I taught math from general math to pre-calculus, and science from general science to biology, chemistry, and physics. I did this for 20 years at Surprise Valley High School in Cedarville, CA.

Q: How did you hear about RECON?
A: I heard about RECON through Brian Cain who was contacted by Dr. Keller when he found out that Brian had an observatory with an 11″ reflecting telescope just outside Cedarville.

Q: Why are you excited about the project?
A: I’m excited about the project because it’s an opportunity for this small community to participate in some real and substantive astronomical research.

Q: What is the best part of your community?
A: The best part of this community is its rural nature. It is remote from the rest of California, skies are clean and there is essentially no light pollution. And everyone pretty much knows everyone else.

Q: What are some of your hobbies/favorite things?
A: My hobbies include landscape photography, botanizing, and stargazing.

Q: What is your favorite astronomical object?
A: My favorite astronomical object is Andromeda galaxy which is quite visible here in the winter.

Q: What is your favorite movie about science?
A: I have some difficulty choosing a favorite movie on science. I’m a real fan of science fiction as well as being born in 1945, so I would probably go with the classic “Forbidden Planet,” loosely based on Shakespeare’s Tempest. However, I really like more contemporary movies as well. High on that list would be the patently ridiculous, but very entertaining, “The Fifth Element” with Bruce Willis. As a more serious movie, I think “Inception” is one of the most thought provoking movies of the last 10 years.

Q: What is the worst movie about science, in your opinion?
A: The worst science fiction movies of all time, perhaps one of the worst movies of all time (so much so that it now has cult status) has got to be Ed Woods “Plan 9 From Outer Space.”

Team Members

Terry Miller
Brian Cain
David Schulz
Fallon Frye
Cheryl Baker
Noelle Knight
Todd Hughes
Dixie Server
Tom O’Malley
Ben Richert

Organizations Involved

Surprise Valley High School