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Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Shelley R. Bonus


Explore Alliance Ambassador - Shelley R. Bonus
Baltimore, MD USA
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Shelley R. Bonus is an astronomical historian and lecturer, an award winning performer, a writer, and photographer who has worked with both Lily Tomlin and Melvin Van Peebles.

A real 21st Century renaissance woman, Shelley, (who among other things is a mother who holds the distinct honor of being the first woman ever to be hired to clown for Circus Vargas), Bonus has taught astronomy for the ULCA Extension Program, and she has given planetarium programs at Santa Monica College at the John Drescher Planetarium. Shelley was Session Director at the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory 60-inch telescope for over twenty years. Currently she travels the globe giving astronomical lectures aboard luxury cruise ships, but is available for lectures at other events.

A superb bilingual (English/Spanish) educator and communicator, and an inspired star gazer, Shelley, who believes that we are all the brothers and sisters of stars, has become renown amongst her audiences for her enthusiasm, her sense of humor, and her unique ability to master her subject, therefore making the mysteries of the night sky come alive for not only professional, but amateur astronomers of all ages as well.


Shelley has experience with all age levels, from pre-school to senior citizens. Since her shows are presented live, she can tailor show content to fit any teacher's particular needs and specifications. 

Shelley Bonus is available for lectures, star parties, and "Shelley's Out of This World Astronomical Fun and Facts".

Awards and Recognition

The International Astronomical Union named Asteroid 10028 BONUS after Shelley, for her work in astronomy education and outreach, and she is the recipient of a NASA Group Achievement Award. 

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