Amateur astronomers wanted in Cottonwood

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The Town of Cottonwood is looking for amateur astronomers in the Verde Valley to volunteer for a grant-funded Mission to Mars program.

City of Cottonwood, amateur astronomer, NASA, space exploration, Artemis,

Mission2Mars is a NASA-funded project that brings together amateur astronomers, the Arizona Science Center, and Science Vortex to get the community excited about astronomy and space exploration!

Goals for audiences (children with parent or guardian) include deepening engagement and awareness of NASA educational resources, particularly Artemis-related content, and connecting space exploration to what they see in the sky.

Goals for amateur astronomers include building knowledge, skills, and confidence in delivering engaging astronomy programs, particularly content from NASA’s Artemis program.

Participants will begin with a mandatory training on Wednesday, October 26 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Science Vortex, 301 N. Willard St, Room 202, Cottonwood.

Attend two of these events as an educator/amateur astronomer:

  • November 10, 4:30-6 p.m. Family STEM evening at Science Vortex
  • Monday, November 14, 3-4 at Oak Creek School in Cornville
  • November 17, 4:30-6 p.m. Family STEM evening at Science Vortex
  • November 19 Dark Sky Party, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Children’s activities, then dark sky viewing outside (location TBD, possibly Clarkdale)
  • OR, create your own program before 2023

Would you be interested in participating? And do you have any other astronomical friends you could share this information with?

For more information or questions, visit or contact Laurie Altringer at 928-225-7830 or [email protected]

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