July 24, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Main Yurt

Becca Ljungren, Phoebe Wasserman Public Observatory, SI/NASM

Monday, July 24 , 2017, 6:30 pm in the Yurt

Women in Astronomy


Explore the history of astronomy through the lens of the women astronomers you may (or may not) have heard of. By hearing their stories, experiencing their work, and discussing their impact, attendees will have a better understanding of important women in astronomy, and have the tools to advocate for their work in the future.

Rebecca Ljungren is a professional Astronomy Educator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory. She seeks to inspire life-long learners through astronomy, and most importantly, have visitors at the National Air and Space Museum become astronomers themselves. She has a master’s degree in Museum Education from The George Washington University, and her broader academic interests include the intersections between science, gender, art, and society. Her current favorite astronomical object is Saturn, due in part to the spark of excitement it creates in those that see it through a telescope for the first time