A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Ken Hewitt-White began learning the night sky as a teenager in the mid-1960s. When Ken obtained his first telescope – a 60mm refractor – a whole new world opened up to him. Ken’s interest in stargazing took a second leap in 1967 when he began meeting like-minded people in the Ottawa Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. In the RASC he garnered awards for the frequency of his observations, the quality of his submissions to the club’s monthly newsletter, and his desire to teach others.
In 1973, Ken moved to Vancouver, B.C., where he embarked on his professional career as an astronomy communicator. He spent two decades in Vancouver as a writer, lecturer, and producer at the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium (now H. R. MacMillan Space Centre), and was its executive director from 1988 to 1991. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Ken turned his attention to educational television. He was co-writer and co-host of the Discovery Channel Canada series Cosmic Highway, co-writer of its successor series Cosmic Odyssey, and script advisor for the children’s science program Heads Up on B.C.’s Knowledge Network.
Ken is the author of the book Patterns in the Sky: An Introduction to Stargazing. He is also a contributing editor for the Canadian bi-monthly magazine SkyNews and the American astronomy monthly Sky and Telescope. Ken’s many articles on everything from backyard stargazing to serious deep-sky observing have been read by thousands of amateur astronomers all over North America.
Ken still enjoys working with his stable of reflecting telescopes that range from a 4¼-inch equatorial to a 17½-inch Dobsonian “light-bucket.” Always prepared to scope the sky at home but happiest when viewing far from city lights, Ken lives in the eastern Fraser Valley town of Chilliwack – close to his favourite high-elevation observing sites in B.C.’s interior.