Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award
For outstanding outreach by an amateur astronomer to children and the public
The Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award, given for the first time in 2001, seeks to honor outstanding educational outreach by an amateur astronomer to K-12 children and the interested lay public.
The 2019 recipient is Lynn Powers, President of the Southwest Montana Astronomical Society for her dedication in sharing her knowledge of and passion for astronomy.
The Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award is given biennially as of 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the next Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award will be given in 2022.
Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award given to Lynn Powers of the Southwest Montana Astronomical Society for her outstanding educational outreach programs
Established by Wayne Rosing and Dorothy Largay, the Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award honors outstanding educational outreach by an amateur astronomer to K-12 children and the interested lay public. The 2019 recipient is Lynn Powers, President of the Southwest Montana Astronomical Society for her dedication in sharing her knowledge of and passion for astronomy.
As a lifelong learner with a tireless endeavor to share her experiences, Lynn Powers goes beyond her hometown of Bozeman, Montana, to share her passion for astronomy with educators, students, amateur astronomers, and people of all ages. Over 10 years ago, Powers participated in the ASP’s Astronomy from the Ground Up and Night Sky Network programs, giving her the skills to do outreach in the community. Some highlighted programs of hers outside of her home State of Montana include being a keynote speaker at “Dakota Nights” in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and running the very popular Stars Over Yellowstone outreach program for 10 years, offering up public talks, solar telescope viewing, and nighttime star programs. In anticipation of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse of North America, and as Idaho State Coordinator, Powers coordinated with amateur and professional astronomers from both Idaho and Montana to establish the eight observing sites in Idaho for the Citizen CATE (Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse) Experiment. She hosted training sessions and distributed equipment to her volunteers and ultimately provided some of the best eclipse image sequences of the eclipse.
One of her latest efforts, in conjunction with Astronomers Without Borders, had Powers reaching out beyond the United States to connect online Russian Cosmonauts, from the International Space Station, and students from Montana and Russia, to learn about similarities and differences and how we all understand our “One Sky.” Praising her efforts, one nominator noted about this project: “While this is far different from a typical amateur astronomy observing night (which Lynn also leads on a regular basis), I think it really shows her dedication to sharing her love of astronomy with the world.”
Read more about her Night Sky Network accomplishments.
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