Speaking to Hill Country Astronomers

I spoke to the Hill Country Astronomers last night to share the work I have been doing with Starry Sky Austin and about the book. It was so nice meeting them. They do a lot of outreach in the Fredericksburg area, have helped Llano State Park with their Dark Sky certification as well as Enchanted Rock. I asked everyone, “What inspired you to love space and astronomy?” What a great experience to hear everyone’s responses. One member shared that he played hooky from class to go down to their school basement to hear the first sounds of Sputnik on their Ham radio. Another member grew up in Houston near NASA. They are a lovely bunch of astronomers! I hope to continue seeing them and helping them enhance their outreach offerings across the Texas hill country.

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Chile, Here I Come!

I will be traveling to Chile with the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program in June! Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and National Radio Astronomy Observatory, a group of educator are chosen to travel to Chile, visit several major research observatories, learn about what they do and bring back what they learned to share with their communities. I am deeply honored to be chosen to go. Continuing to learn is such an integral part of being an educator. Seeing the Southern Hemisphere stars is a major one on my bucket list. I can’t wait to share what I learned with everyone! Seeing the Southern Hemisphere stars is a major one on my bucket list.

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