Sharing the Universe: Best Practices for Astronomy Outreach

Sharing the Universe: Best Practices for Astronomy Outreach

  • Target Audience
  • Adult
Many amateur astronomers love sharing the universe with the public. Whether you're just getting started or are an old pro, there are many ways to make your time with the public more enjoyable. We've addressed some common questions amateurs have about doing outreach by giving you sample problems and answers with these videos and tip sheets.

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Video: Getting Started with Outreach
Tip Sheet: Tips for Getting Started with Outreach (PDF)                  

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Video: How to Say "I Don't Know"
Tip Sheet: Tips on How to Say "I Don't Know."
 (PDF)
Role Playing Exercise: Practice Your Skills" (PDF)

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Video; Connecting with Kids
Tip Sheet: Connecting With Kids
(PDF)
Role Playing Exercises: Practice Your Skills (PDF)

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Video: Handling Difficult Questions (and Difficult People)
Tip Sheet: Top 8 Difficult Topics
 (PDF)
Role Playing Exercises: Practice Your Skills (PDF)


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Video: How to Get "Wow!" (When Not Showing Saturn)
Tip Sheet: How to Get "Wow!" At Your Telescope
             
If you would like a printable outline of the tips in each video, click here.

Uploaded: June 2019

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Playlist on YouTube

These are the videos for the Sharing the Universe astronomy outreach videos on YouTube.

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Daytime Event
Daytime Event
Nighttime Event
Nighttime Event
Inside Venue
Inside Venue
Outside Venue
Outside Venue
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