Our City

A local astrophotographer and planetary scientist discusses his images and where it all began

When Connor Matherne was in fifth grade, his older brother got a telescope. It would be around a decade later before it was ever used. On a whim in his sophomore year of college, Matherne found the old telescope coated in dust in his brother’s room and stole it. The Baton Rouge skies were clear that night, so Matherne haphazardly pointed the telescope at the brightest object in the sky.…