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December 3-5

Embracing the Future: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement

ASP2020: A Virtual Conference

ASP2020: A Virtual Conference
Preliminary Schedule

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#ObserveTheMoon 2020: Virtual Engagement Tactics & Takeaways
Each autumn, everyone on Earth is invited to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night by taking part in celestial observations, learning about lunar science and exploration, and honoring cultural and personal connections to the Moon. During this year's coronavirus pandemic, many observers took International Observe the Moon Night as an opportunity to build community in creative ways with fellow Moon enthusiasts and curious people worldwide.

Structural adaptations to the 2020 program preserved core experiences while introducing new registration options, ways to get involved, and channels for collecting evaluation data. These changes were designed to reduce and remove barriers to participation in the short term and enable continued broadening of access in future years.

International Observe the Moon Night 2020 saw unprecedented levels of engagement, including widespread virtual, in-person and hybrid events, thousands of individual and household observer registrations, and participation from 104 countries and all seven continents. We attribute this year's heightened engagement in part to increased support for individual and household participation, and in part to innovative large-scale collaborations with supporting organizations.

Large-scale collaboration highlights included the University of Arizona's Art of Planetary Science exhibit, to which observers were invited to submit lunar-inspired art, and a six-hour rolling virtual event made possible through the cooperative efforts of NASA, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, the Planetary Science Institute, CosmoQuest, and the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona.

In the upcoming year, we plan to build on our successes and maintain virtual support for all events. We invite everyone to join the next International Observe the Moon Night on October 16, 2021!
Conference Strand: Public Engagement in Informal Settings