Astronomy Night: July 2019, with the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum
Hells Kitchen, NY
2013 Fall Starfest, with the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York - Central Park, NY
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?
In 2012, I rekindled that love for astronomy and for the past eight years, I have dedicated my time to the study of astronomy, public outreach, and volunteering in STEAM. I hope to one day 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.
Katherine is a current Solar System Ambassador with NASA/JPL, volunteer astronomer at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, guest presenter at the Poppenhusen Library in College Point, NY, and co-chair of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York Observing Committee.