Ever since I was a kid, I've had a fascination with space. It started when I was in elementary school. Every month, we were sent to the school library for a book report of our choosing. One month, I just happened to grab a book about the solar system.
Other planets smaller than Earth? Other stars larger than our own sun? Comets? Nebulae? My 7-year old mind had been blown. It was love at first page. Also, what kid doesn't dream of going to the moon someday?
The primary focus of Kuiper Kat's Astronomy is to engage and educate the general public in astronomy, telescopes, amateur stargazing and our universe in the hope of cultivating an interest in STEM and STEM related science. For the past five years, I have dedicated my time to the study of astronomy and I hope to one day inspire the young and young at heart, the same way that book inspired me.
2013 Fall Starfest, with the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York - Central Park, NY
Katherine Troche is a Brooklyn, NY native and the owner/operator of Kuiper Kat's Astronomy in New York, NY.
Through volunteer initiatives, Katherine spends her time conducting astronomy-related outreach for various organizations and institutions throughout the five boroughs by coordinating public viewings and informative lectures focused on topics and events relevant to astronomy and space exploration. Her primary focus is to engage and educate the general public in the hope of cultivating an interest in STEM and STEM related science.
Katherine is a current volunteer Solar System Ambassador with NASA/JPL and guest astronomer at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Her past work includes: guest presenter at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, CT and the Poppenhusen Library in College Point, NY, and a former board of directors member for the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York.