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Astronomy Outreach

"The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself."

- Carl Sagan

"Space is for everybody. It’s not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts."

- Christa McAuliffe

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Ask-An-Astronomer is a not-for-profit education outreach program created for primary aged children to be able to interact with and ask questions of real life, working astronomers at varying career stages. The diverse body of astronomers will each talk about their science, explain what it's like being an astronomer, how they got to where they are, and  answer any questions the kids come up with.


The flagship event was held in 2021 at a local Nashville middle school, where we had 5 astronomers from the  Vanderbilt Astronomy Group speak to 7 classes of 7th grade students.  Since then, we have held events in both Tennessee and Florida, for ages 10-14.

If you would like more information on our program, or would like to have Ask-An-Astronomer at your school, please contact me.


The Vanderbilt Astronomy Group teams up with Adventure Science Center to bring you on a fun filled Star Trek themed astronomy adventure!

Friday, August 12, 2022  |  7:00 –10:00 pm

Are you ready to boldly go on this themed adventure? Make it so and join us on Friday, August 12th at  Adventure Science Center for Way Late Play Date: Boldly Go Beyond! Designed for our 21+ audience, this Star Trek-themed, after-hours event will be jam-packed with Star Trek references and space-related activities to honor this pop culture classic. Grab a cocktail and a bite, and then set your course heading to “Fun.” Resistance is futile for Star Trek and space enthusiasts; this is an event not to be missed!

Stay tuned for more up-coming events with the Adventure Science Center. 

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