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MSU alum’s night sky photography featured on national platform

March 7, 2017 -- From MSU News Service

The Orion and Running Man Nebulae are depicted in this two-frame mosaic image. The Orion Nebula is a vast cloud of dust and gas spanning thirteen light years and contains over 3,000 stars. Image courtesy of Ryan Hannahoe and Salvatore Grasso.

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BOZEMAN — The night sky photography of a Montana State University alumnus is being featured on a national platform this week.

The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Magazine is sharing the work of Ryan Hannahoe on its official Instagram account this week. Hannahoe graduated from the MSU College of Education, Health and Human Development in 2012 with a degree in education.

From March 6-12, the magazine is sharing approximately three of Hannahoe’s images daily. Information about the image accompanies each one.

Hannahoe and Air and Space Magazine have collaborated previously; Hannahoe’s photography was first featured in the publication in 2011 when he was an intern at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center. While there, he taught others about the James Webb Space Telescope mission.

Hannahoe is a science teacher at Clancy School and also serves as the executive director of the Montana Learning Center, a non-profit organization that provides educational experiences for all in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) fields.

To view the images, visit More information about the Air and Space Magazine is available at

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