Irene Pease

Irene Pease began observing and sharing astronomy with the public as a student at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She first facilitated public viewing nights at Steward Observatory's 21-inch telescope, and then presented at the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium. For several years, Pease led observing sessions at the Vega-Bray Observatory of SkyWatcher's Inn (later renamed Astronomer's Inn) in Benson, Arizona. During that time, she built the telescope that she named "Brooklyn's Prettiest Telescope" and observed with it at many a star party.

Pease came to New York City to work at the American Museum of Natural History as an Astrophysics Educator, where she developed astronomy courses and workshops for elementary through high school students, taught astronomy to all ages, and managed an internship program for NYC high school students. In addition to “astronomizing” around Brooklyn, she currently teaches physics at York College, CUNY, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Amateur Astronomers Association of NY. Pease is a frequent presenter and co-host of Astronomy on Tap NYC, a presenter for the Hayden Planetarium Astronomy Live series, and producer of Hayden Planetarium's video blog, Skylight.


The Past, Present, and Future of the Night
Saturday, April 21, 1pm

Look up at the night sky from the neighborhoods most Americans call home, and the stars are washed out by artificial light. Although light pollution might seem like an intractable problem, our current awareness of the need to reform our energy economy, and to ease the pressure we exert on the natural world, might be a perfect opportunity to address the issue of excess evening light. Teaching Scientist-in-Residence Irene Pease will take us through the history of the problem, our current understanding of the hazards, and steps we can take toward a solution. This public talk will be offered during Sky and Earth Weekend, the Museum’s annual celebration of Earth Day.


Every Saturday, from February through May, learn about the tools early scientists used to make discoveries about the stars. Participate in demonstrations showing how they were used, and make your own handheld spectroscope or pocket-sized telescope to take home. Activities are designed by Teaching Scientist-in-Residence Irene Pease and inspired by the current exhibit Wondrous Devices: Astronomical Instruments and Teaching Tools of the Victorian Era. On February 17, March 31, and May 5, Irene Pease will join our Junior Docents in the exhibit and lead demonstrations and projects.