About the author

Photo credit: Sean Austin

Photo credit: Sean Austin

Ryan Hannahoe is a science teacher at Clancy School near Helena, MT.  He also serves as the executive director for the Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake. Ryan has received degrees from Montana State University (MSU) and New Mexico State University. At MSU, Ryan led Turning Eyes to the Big Sky, a project that studied how middle school students learn light and optics. Before attending MSU, Ryan worked as a telescope technician at New Mexico Skies Observatories. He provided technical support for telescope projects for Caltech, NASA, NOAO, and PBS. He is a member of the National Science Teachers Association. Ryan’s community work has been recognized with the Congressional Award Gold Medal, the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. In 2011, he was named a John C. Mather Nobel Scholar for his education and outreach efforts at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center with the James Webb Space Telescope mission, the successor to Hubble. Ryan’s work has been published in magazines, textbooks, and is currently on display at the Museum of the Rockies and at Montana State University.

In the news:

July 28, 2014 – Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine’s Photo of the Day: A Stellar Stellar Nursery

June 18, 2014 – NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Cat’s Paw Nebula

July 15, 2013 – NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day:  The Sombrero Galaxy from Hale

July 3, 2013 – Astronomy Magazine: High-energy galaxies imaged by Ryan Hannahoe

June 14, 2013 – Optical Engineering: Teaching and learning geometric optics in middle school through the Turning Eyes to the Big Sky project

February 11, 2013 – Science education at Montana State University

October 31, 2012 – Egg-drop experiment gets Monforton kids excited about science

October 31. 2012 – Monforton students get hands on with science

November 1, 2011 – MSU education student contributes to NASA outreach efforts

October 15, 2011 – A little piece of outer space brought to one Bozeman classroom

June 9, 2011 – NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day:  The Great Carina Nebula

November 2010 – Area elementary and middle school teachers come to MSU to learn about light and optics

October 2010 – MSU student selected as a NASA Space Science Student Ambassador

September 2010 – SPIE Optics and Photonics professionals help with math and science

July 28, 2010 – NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day:  The Trifid Nebula is Stars and Dust

April 2010 – MSU student shares knowledge, love of astronomy with elementary students, community

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