On the 2nd Friday of every month, the members of the Austin Astronomical Society gather virtually for their general meeting and presentations.
This gathering is open to the general public, and more information can be found on our website. http://austinastro.org/
Our general meeting includes officer reports, updates on upcoming outreach events, and a favorite segment, What’s Happening in Astronomy.
Our general meeting will begin at 7:30 and starting with our guest presenter, the general meeting to follow.
Our Speaker this month is Bettymaya Foott, Director of Engagement with the International Dark-Sky Association. In honor of Hill Country Night Sky Month, Ms. Foott will present “The Power of Light.”
Bettymaya grew up in Moab, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah Honors Program with an H.B.S. in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and a Minor in Spanish Language. She wrote a thesis entitled “Light pollution hazards within ecosystems and mitigation strategies for the future.” Her dark sky career began with working for Utah State Parks as a Dark Sky Intern and then seasonal employee, starting 12 International Dark-Sky Park Applications across the state. She then worked as Coordinator for the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative and the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies at the University of Utah. When off the clock, Foott loves to practice night sky photography. Preserving dark skies is her life goal, and she is incredibly excited to continue this journey of saving the stars!