Rebecca Ljungren

Rebecca Ljungren is a professional Astronomy Educator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory. She seeks to inspire life-long learners through astronomy, and most importantly, have visitors at the National Air and Space Museum become astronomers themselves. Her activities include developing and conducting innovative and hands-on astronomy programs for the general public and groups, training educators, and coordinating public "Astronomy Chats" with professional researchers from across the country. She has a master’s degree in Museum Education from The George Washington University, and her broader academic interests include the intersections between science, gender, art, and society. Her current favorite astronomical object is Saturn, due in part to the spark of excitement it creates in those that see it through a telescope for the first time.