It’s rare for us to be able to look out and make revolutionary discoveries about our place in the universe. Thanks to several recent astronomy mapping missions though, we are in one of those rare moments. In this class, participants will be invited into one of the world’s premiere visualization centers—the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History— for an immersive tour of the most complete map ever generated of the Milky Way galaxy and beyond. Participants will get a guided examination of nearby stellar systems, exoplanet systems, star-forming regions, and more. Within the day, participants will also learn how to use astronomical software and get exposure to citizen science projects. Together, we will join the quest to unlock the mysteries of the universe.
Jackie Faherty is a senior scientist and senior education manager at the American Museum of Natural History. Her research group, “Brown Dwarfs in New York City,” is at the forefront of low-mass star, brown dwarf, and giant exoplanet characterization studies. She is also co-founder of the successful citizen science project called “Backyard Worlds: Planet 9,” which has involved over 150,000 volunteers in searches for previously missed cold components of the nearby solar neighborhood. In her unique position at AMNH, Faherty strives to create more opportunities for underrepresented minorities to enter STEM through unique outreach endeavors.