Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Shining Brightly

Wheeeeeee! My daughter, Rebecca, was chosen as one of NASA's Student Ambassadors for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy!

From the website:
In 2009 we celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first observations of the universe through a telescope. In honor of this early event, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the United Nations have proclaimed 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy to spread awareness of astronomy’s contributions to society and culture, stimulate young people’s interest in science, portray astronomy as a global peaceful endeavor, and nourish a scientific outlook in society.
As an ambassador, Rebecca received a grant (her first!) to "
generate excitement about NASA scientific discoveries in astrophysics, planetary science and solar physics within her local community and beyond."

I've already tagged her to blog for me at least once a quarter in 2009 about her ambassadorial adventures. Here's a link to the U.S. International Year of Astronomy site, which will be updated with events and information and ways you can celebrate everything in the universe.

P.S. That's one of her pictures, above. She says:
This open cluster, NGC4755, is also known as the "jewel box." Even 50 s exposures saturated the camera around those bright stars (the brightest are close to 6th magnitude.)


  1. What big and wonderful news! I know she'll make a great ambassador. I can't wait to read all about it.

  2. Congrats to your daughter! What a proud mommy moment!

  3. Excellent news! Congratulations to her!

  4. Sara,

    Congratulations to your daughter! How exciting for her--and you. I'm a science geek myself and astronomy is one of my favorite sciences. I'll look forward to reading your daughter's blog posts.

  5. Yay! Congrats to your daughter. What awesome news :)

  6. How fabulous to be chosen to "generate excitement about astronomy." I'm excited NOW. Kudos to Rebecca! Woot!

  7. Wow! Congrats to your daughter. I can see sheer brilliance runs in the family :).

  8. Congratulations to you and to Rebecca, Sara! That's great news.

  9. Rebecca is a STAR! Congratulations! That's so exciting!!!

  10. Congratulations to Rebecca! And to her ultra-cool mom!

  11. Oh, that is SO exciting!! Congratulations (to you both)!!

  12. Congrats to Rebecca! And WOW what a cool picture. I'll be looking forward to hearing about her ambassadorial efforts.

  13. How awesome! You must be the proudest mommy ever.

    Our family is seeped in physics fun right now, too, as hubby is prepping for the GRE. I have a feeling your daughter isn't going to wait nearly as long as he did to take the test.

    She's going to blow the astrophysics field out of the water. I mean, earth. (Ok, that was dumb.)

    Her picture is very pretty and bedazzling, by the way.

    (My word verification sounds like the name of a star: acistra.)


R-E-S-P-E-C-T (or you will be deleted)

You can receive followup comments to this conversation by checking the "notify me" box below the comment window.