MIT EAPS Directory

Tim Brothers at MIT's Wallace Observatory

Timothy Brothers

Technical Instructor and Observatory Manager

Research Description

I spend most of my time off-campus at Wallace Astrophysical Observatory, where I teach undergraduates how to operate telescopes in courses 12.409 and 12.410.  I also assist UROP students' with their summer observing projects.  When not teaching, I enjoy engaging the public with our Wallace star parties and K-12 outreach programs.

At Wallace, I spend much of my time researching and developing telescope automation to facilitate more frequent use of the observatory by MIT staff and students, whether they be on-campus or at home.  In my spare time, I research light pollution and use this data to engage larger policy efforts to combat this fast-growing environmental issue that directly impacts our science and teaching ability at Wallace.