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Future Galileos

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What Would You Do With a Telescope?

The Cincinnati Observatory is awarding 10 quality telescopes and expert training for 10 individuals or teams to become astronomy ambassadors and further astronomy education in the Cincinnati region.

With the Future Galileos program, we are seeking new and innovative projects that would reach a wide and diverse audience.

The goal is to engage the public with programming centered around the telescopes and increase astronomy education in the region.  Past Future Galileos have delivered more than 1,000 star gazes reaching tens of thousands of people around the region.

Rules and Schedule

The Cincinnati Observatory is seeking applications April 15-May 31, 2022.  The application process is open to anyone 16 years of age and older that live in Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana.  Applications may be submitted by individuals, teams, or organizations. 

Applications must include a detailed innovative plan to use the telescope to further the reach of astronomy education in their community, and an essay on what astronomy means to them.  

Applicants will be judged on a balance of academic merit and intended use of the telescope to further astronomy education.  Special consideration will be given to those applicants who will reach a large and diverse audience or that meet a demand from the community.  

Applicants must also agree to attend at least three telescope training sessions during the summer and deliver at least three programs before being awarded the telescope. 

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The Telescopes

Applications must be emailed to Astronomer Dean Regas.  Recipients will be selected in June.  

Telescope training will take place during the summer. The telescopes will be formally awarded to graduates who fulfill their project this fall.

Winners received training from local experts on how to use the telescopes and share them with the public.  They receive:

• Orion XT8 Telescope and eyepieces

• Solar filter for safe solar viewing

• Astronomy books and star charts

The application process is closed. We are currently selecting our Future Galileos 2022.  Stay tuned for more info. 

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Future Galileos 2021

We want to congratulate the following Future Galileos from 2021 who are sharing views through their new telescopes with the community:

  • Andrea Cristell - Ohio Virtual Academy
  • Anessa Dorris - Woodlawn Elementary
  • Ann Harris - Eastern Kentucky University
  • Anna Barnes - Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Ava Ellis - Mariemont High School Student
  • Cannon Brugman - Hinkle Elementary Student
  • Carolyn McCune - Bond Hill Branch Library
  • ClyDenna Hehman - Holy Trinity School Bellevue/ St. Joes Cold Spring
  • Debra Crawford - Hughes STEM High School
  • Diana Yoder - Boonshoft Museum
  • Emily Schwarz - Brightview Health
  • Jeffrey Snyder - Wesley Foundation
  • Jessika Connor - St. Bernard/Elmwood Place Schools
  • Louie Ratterman - Hays Porter School
  • Michelle Brunner - Summit Academy
  • Milton Hernandez-Gramajo - Aiken High School Student
  • Rachna Gajjar - Spencer Center
  • Ruth Horstman/Seth Frost - Taft Historical Site
  • Susan Jacobs - Clinton County Board of DD
  • Tommy Rueff/Eric Hemm - Happen Inc.

If you have any questions about the program or to see how a Future Galileo can bring a telescope to your community, please contact: Dean Regas

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