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Future Galileos

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The Cincinnati Observatory is leading a bold program to award 20 quality telescopes and training for 20 individuals or teams to become astronomy ambassadors and further astronomy education in the Cincinnati area.

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.

Our hope is that this distribution of 20 high grade telescopes across our community will celebrate and bring recognition to these individual’s astronomical/scientific achievement. Accordingly, we anticipate raising the interest level of our community regarding the importance of science programs to our national interest and multiply the reach of astronomy education throughout the community. These telescopes will make a lasting impact and ignite scientific curiosities for the next generation.

Two people standing behind a telescope

Future Galileos 2021

We want to congratulate the following people and groups who are completing their training and will be awarded their telescopes in the fall:

  • 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.
Woman holding a telescope

The Telescopes

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

• Orion XT8 Telescope and eyepieces

• Solar filter for safe solar viewing

• Astronomy books and star charts

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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