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Andrew Fraknoi
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The WISE Telescope In 1964, Russian scientist Nikolai Kardashev suggested that in the long history of the universe, which began billions of years before the origin of our Sun and Earth, really advanced civilizations might hav...
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This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Einstein's greatest masterpiece, the General Theory of Relativity.  Now astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have found a remarkable quadruple ...
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The Rosetta spacecraft is continuing to circle Comet 67P (also known as Comet C-G) and send back amazing images. The picture accompanying this post was taken on Feb. 6 at a distance of 75 miles from the comet. Rosetta, a miss...
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A faint but beautiful comet passed by the Earth recently, and the accompanying picture shows you why so many of us love observing these icy visitors from deep space. Called Comet Lovejoy (after its discoverer, Australian astr...
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Carolyn Porco, the dynamic leader of the Imaging Team for the Cassini Mission (exploring Saturn and its neighborhood), has sent a remarkable holiday greeting card from Saturn and I wanted to share it with you. What we are loo...
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NASA’s instrument-laden Curiosity Rover is now at the foot of Mt. Sharp, its ultimate target on Mars. New results from the rover have confirmed and filled in our ideas about what the 3-mile high mountain is doing in the midd...
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There is a monster at the heart of our Milky Way Galaxy.  It's a super-massive black hole that has already eaten enough material to make 4 million stars like our Sun!  And, like all black holes, it is still hungry.   For ma...
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Saturday, March 14, 2015 is “pi day” – the only day this century that includes the first five digits of pi or 3.1415…   This year, several groups are suggesting that this might be a good day for celebrating math and science i...
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  Happy 2015, which is likely to be remembered in astronomy circles as the year we finally get close-up and personal with Pluto. Nine years after its launch, the New Horizons spacecraft is "waking up" and getting ready for ...
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The team of scientists and educators behind the Messenger spacecraft orbiting the planet Mercury is giving the public the chance to nominate artists, writers, or composers whose names deserve to be on one of five craters on t...
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Astronomers have announced the possible discovery of a big black hole that has escaped the galaxy of stars that gave birth to it, a phenomenon that had been predicted in theory, but not observed. Galaxies (great islands of st...
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Occupation
Astronomy Professor, Author, Public Lecturer, Radio Guest, Educational Consultant
Employment
  • Foothill College
    Chair, Astronomy Department, 1992 - present
  • Astronomy Education Review
    Founding Editor, 2001 - 2011
  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific
    Executive Director, 1978 - 1992
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I am an astronomy professor in the San Francisco Bay Area and work on a number of national programs in astronomy education and outreach. I was the founding editor of the on-line journal, Astronomy Education Review.
Introduction
I've devoted most of my professional career to helping students, teachers, and the public understand astronomy (and physics) and explaining scientific developments in everyday language.  My AstroProf Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Fraknoi brings regular updates on new discoveries, new images, and new resources.  I've written a children's book on astronomy for Disney, been co-author of a series of college textbooks, and edited "The Universe at Your Fingertips" (a widely used collection of classroom astronomy activities and resources.)
Bragging rights
I was very honored to be selected as the Professor of the Year for the State of California in 2007 by the Carnegie Foundation for Higher Education.
Education
  • Harvard University
    Astronomy, 1970
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Astronomy
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