Hidden Figures

Anthony Smith

Astronomy Educator, Online Programs, Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Hidden Figures— Touring the night sky

Anthony Smith, Planetarium Presenter at WSU and Astronomy Educator from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, will guide guests through a video Night Sky Tour. This immersive experience will take guests on a journey through the cosmos to locate stars, planets, and constellations visible from the Palouse on the evening of the screening! PDSC STEAM Educator Ariel Griebling will introduce the Sky Tour by giving a brief demonstration of how to use a Star Map. After the film, guests can try using Star Maps themselves, and we will provide these maps to all guests free of charge.

Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre Moscow, ID

Film Synopsis

A team of African American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions.

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, three brilliant African American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — became the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and captivated the world.

About the Speaker

Anthony Smith is the Astronomy Educator for Online Programs at Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), providing support for online workshops on the Learn@ASP platform, with a primary focus on the Eclipse Ambassador program. Having grown up in Portland, Oregon, they graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in General Science Pre-Education. Originally considering a career as a middle school science teacher, their trajectory shifted during the final term of college, influenced by a class on informal learning and an internship at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). This experience set them on the path of an informal science educator, a journey they have been on for the past 10+ years.