I hope you've had a chance to read the posts recently added by Deirdre Kelleghan. We're delighted to add her to our roster; she brings to our site a wonderful talent both in astronomical drawing and in outreach to the public, especially school children. Her stories of how she reaches kids are both entertaining and full of good ideas that those of us who also do outreach can learn from.
I first met her in Ireland in 2009, during the International Year of Astronomy celebrations, which included an exhibit of astronomical drawings at the incredible castle/observatory in Cork...
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