July 22, 2016

Engaging the Community Through Outreach and Education

Set against the backdrop of a live, projected image of the partially-eclipsed sun, Dr. James Daly of Astronomy for Change discusses the eclipse with members of the community.

We are fortunate to have on staff professional volunteers with advanced degrees in Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics. Some of these individuals have acted in an advisory capacity in the crafting and enactment of green, sensible lighting laws for the following municipalities:

  • The Township of Brookhaven, NY
  • The Incorporated Village of Patchogue, NY
  • The Township of Riverhead, NY
  • The Incorporated Village of Southampton, NY

These staff members are also Project Astro Astronomers as well as NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors.

Project Astro is a worldwide program of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific where Professional Astronomers engage local and regional school districts and their science teachers, assisting them in enhancing their science education programs.

NASA’s Solar System Ambassador’s program represents the country’s space agency to the public, advocating for strong and continued support for their missions of discovery and educational outreach.

We also receive materials and  training  support to host programs and activities for various age groups. One of our goals is to create compelling learning experiences for our communities and share the passion and adventure of Science organizations and NASA’s scientific explorations of planet Earth, our Solar System, and the universe beyond.


The partially-eclipsed sun is seen in an internally-reflected image inside the camera’s optics. Image credit: James Daly, Ph.D for Astronomy for Change.

For the solar eclipse of August 21 we hosted a live viewing event at one of the local libraries packed with activity stations and a conference that attracted close to 600 patrons, and ran out of tickets.

Related Eclipse story: https://astronomyforchange.org/nasa-scientists-collecting-data-growd/

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