What is the Master Astronomer Program?
The Master Astronomer Program is a 40-hour workshop for citizens to learn more about astronomy, stargazing, how to use telescopes, and protecting the dark skies of Southern Utah. The program is modeled after the successful “Master Gardener” and “Master Naturalist” programs taught across the country. Participants will develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for the night sky and astronomy through a series of fun, hands-on, interactive workshops on:
• The night sky and astronomy (stars, planets, constellations, galaxies, star lore, etc)
Who can become a Master Astronomer?
Just about anyone! We welcome teachers & educators, amateur astronomers, lifelong learners, science fanatics, park naturalists, civic leaders, city planners, and anyone who is curious to learn more about the night sky! Interested college or high school students are also welcome. The program is targeted at those with little or no previous astronomy experience. If you are an advanced amateur
What will the Master Astronomer workshops be like?
The Master Astronomer program is not simply a series of lectures by astronomy experts. The workshops will revolve around hands-on, multimodal learning activities which not only promote, but require, active participation by attendees. If you are not interested in being an active participant, this program is NOT for you! Pedagogical research has shown active learning promotes retention, understanding, and appreciation of the topic being taught. Workshops will frequently be held outside in the field.
What’s in it for me?
By becoming a Master Astronomer, you will:
• Develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for the night sky and our place in the universe.
Last updated: September 10, 2020