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Big Astronomy is a multifaceted research and outreach project supported by several partners and funded by the National Science Foundation. It includes the award-winning planetarium show Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries which highlights the diverse people who enable discoveries at world-class observatories in Chile. Big Astronomy also hosts live educational events online and offers a variety of hands-on activities now adapted for remote learning.

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Real People, Big Astronomy: Adam Thornton

Real People, Big Astronomy: Adam Thornton

Real People, Big Astronomy: Adam Thornton June 21 8 PM Chile & EDT / 7 PM CDT / 5 PM PDT Adam Thornton is a software developer for the Vera Rubin Observatory. The Rubin Observatory will generate 20 terabytes of raw data a night.  It is Adam's job to ensure that...

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Public Choice Winner in NSF’s STEM for All Video Showcase!

Public Choice Winner in NSF’s STEM for All Video Showcase!

Thanks to all who voted for Big Astronomy in NSF’s 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase. Big Astronomy won a Public Choice Award, one of just 13 awarded out of 287 videos submitted. More than 850 viewers from 339 locations around the world watched the video, engaged with...

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Interested in Visiting Observatories in Chile?

Are you a planetarian, amateur astronomer, K through college formal or informal educator, or do you work in astronomy communication? If the answer is yes, check out the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP) TODAY!

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