I love to teach! In the past, I’ve spent hundreds of hours giving tours of the sky through my telescopes at astronomy outreach events, and I’ve presented for a wide range of organizations, from 4-H clubs to the Houston Astronomical Society and American Association of Variable Star Observers. If you’d like to request an event for your organization, please contact me.
Nov. 6th, 2020 17:40–18:25 UT – Let the Earth do the work! High Quality Spectra at Low Cost with the Drift Scanning Method – I’ll be giving a presentation on the drift scanning method via Zoom during the AAVSO’s inaugural spectrography workshop, ASW2020.
What are these events like?
Astronomy outreach events can take several different forms. One of the most popular types is the “starparty”: a nighttime event where astronomers set up their telescopes, and visitors are allowed to look through the telescopes while the astronomers talk about the visible targets and answer any questions about astronomy. Other types of astronomy events include classroom talks, lectures, webinars, and online livestreams that use cameras to show the view through a telescope. I do all of the above!
Below you will find a small sample of the in-person outreach events for which I’ve volunteered. These are posted as examples of what you might expect to see, hear, and do if you choose to attend an astronomy event in your area. I have taught at many more events than I’ve included here (both on my own as well as with a variety of astronomy organizations), but I just don’t have time to document them anymore.