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Ever since I was a kid, I've had a fascination with space. It started in elementary school with 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?

In 2012, I rekindled that love for astronomy and for nearly a decade, I have dedicated my time to the study of astronomy, public outreach, and volunteering in STE(A)M. I hope to inspire the young and young at heart, the same way that book inspired me.

Katherine Troche is a Brooklyn, NY native and operates under the moniker Kuiper Kat in New York, NY.

Through volunteer initiatives, Katherine spends her time conducting astronomy-related outreach via social media, public observing (sidewalk astronomy), and for various organizations and institutions throughout the five boroughs. Her primary focus is to engage and educate the general public by coordinating virtual and public viewings, as well as informative lectures focused on topics and events relevant to astronomy and space exploration, in the hope of cultivating an interest in STEM and STEM related science.

Current works: 

Past work:

  • Guest presenter at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

  • Guest presenter at Astronomy on Tap in Brooklyn, NY.

Referenced in: WNYCWired MagazineBusiness Insider, New York Times, Bloomberg QuicktakeGothamist, Backyard Stargazing Guide For Beginners - Redfin


Sidewalk astronomy with the Amateur Astronomers Association and Brooklyn Public Library - Brooklyn, NY 2021

Total Solar Eclipse, Poppenhusen Library – Queens, NY 2017

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