Progress Report: Amy Jackson Interview
Updated: Nov 9
On Friday, June 26th we completed our first interview for The Stars at Night! Amy Jackson, a night sky educator, founder of Starry Sky Austin, and author of Cassandra and the Night Sky, sat down with us to talk about her past as an educator, the path she took to get there, and her passion for the night sky. She uncovered a deep love for the stars while studying environmental education at Colorado State, where she got to soak up amazing views of the milky way.
In our interview we covered a lot of ground, starting with a discussion about light pollution, it’s effect on our own biology and the wildlife around us. From there she told us about constellation myths from cultures around the globe, including Native American and Polynesian myths about The Pleiades that are somewhat similar despite their distance from each other on the planet. Bringing it all together we talked about the connection humanity has to the night sky, and how vital it is to protect it from further light pollution.
The interview was shot by Jonathan Jackson, Amy's husband, and together they make an astronomy power couple creating night sky content, Jonathan is also a content producer and contributing cinematographer for Austin City Limits.
Today Amy teaches kids about astronomy and the night sky through Starry Sky Austin, you can find her book Cassandra and the Night Sky on Amazon, check out Starry Sky Austin at www.starryskyaustin.com and follow her on Twitter @starryskyaustin.
You can follow Jonathan Jackson @jhjackson on Twitter.
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