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Current Projects

Kat Troche looking at the annular eclipse with her orange and black telescope
Talking to a crowd about objects in the night sky
Stargazing in Central Park

2023 - Present

Informal Educator

Project coordinator and informal educator for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific; administrator for NASA Night Sky Network, supporting over 400 astronomy clubs nationwide. Duties include:

  • Hosting 'Office Hours' for astronomy clubs

  • Content production and distribution of monthly updates and articles

  • Social media management

  • Scheduling and hosting monthly webinars

Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program: 2023 Cohort

The Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP) brings amateur astronomers, planetarium personnel, and K-16 formal and informal astronomy educators to US astronomy facilities in Chile. While at these facilities, ACEAP Ambassadors will receive extensive training about the instruments, the science, data products, and communicating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts. When they return home, the Ambassadors share their experiences and observatory resources with schools and community groups across the US. 

2022 - Present

Vice President of Operations - Amateur Astronomers Association

Managing the day to day operation of the AAA including, but not limited to: management of the Membership Committee; the Fundraising Committee; the Technology & Website Committee; the Newsletter Editor(s); the Marketing Committee; the Observatory Director; and the Facilities & Equipment Manager.

2018 - Present

Solar System Ambassador

NASA Solar System Ambassadors program is a public engagement effort that works with motivated volunteers across the nation to communicate the science and excitement of NASA's space exploration missions and discoveries with the people in their communities.

Skills & Expertise

As an amateur astronomer and science communicator, I have developed a wide range of skills. These include:

  • Public speaking

  • Science writing

  • Event organization


Astronomers talking about the annular eclipse with a map of Texas behind them

Recent works include:

Referenced in the following:

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