Alumni: Ryan Hennessy, 2011
Resort Astronomer, Four Seasons Resort


For most astronomers, the path of totality was the only place to be during "The Great American Eclipse" of August 2017. For Ryan Hennessy there were two places to be: the path of totality, and on the job as Resort Astronomer for Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole.

"We were perfectly positioned for this very unique event and had an incredible capacity to host people with Four Seasons service," Hennessy remembers of the day he spent leading a private viewing party for Resort guests at a private lodge near the top of the Teton Range, with five-star trimmings, state-of-the-art optics, and additional astronomers to keep things even more interesting. "It was a beautiful day. I was honoured the Resort gave me so much leeway to manage it. The whole thing turned out perfect."