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Show Me Stars: Engaging celebrities in astronomy outreach with their Twitter followers (page 15)
Edward Gomez

Key Words
Robotic Telescopes, Social Media, Twitter, Celebrities

Summary

The Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT1) has telescopes in locations around the globe that are used daily by scientists and by the general public.

In a new LCOGT outreach initiative called Show Me Stars, celebrities were chosen as guest hosts for a series of Twitter-based observing events using a 2-metre robotic telescope. The celebrities made tweets throughout their one-hour online observing sessions using the hashtag “#ShowMeStars”, with the aim of engaging large pools of Twitter followers in astronomy.