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Andrew Fraknoi
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Attended Harvard University
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NASA has recently released a spectacular new image of the planet Saturn, seen when it's summer in the Northern Hemisphere. (A year on Saturn is about 30 Earth years, so each season there lasts about 7.5 of our years! Saying g...
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August 21 is exactly one year before the 2017 eclipse of the Sun which will sweep across one country and one country only -- the US. On a Monday morning (Aug. 21, 2017) this "All-American" eclipse (as it's being called) will ...
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Perseid Meteor Shower May Show an Outburst This Thursday and Friday, there will be one of the best annual meteor showers you and your family can watch -– the Perseids. And some experts are even predicting that there...
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As regular readers of my blog may know, I have a special interest in science fiction, and often recommend stories in my astronomy and physics classes. I even keep a webpage of science fiction stories that use accurate astrono...
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Some of my regular readers know that for years, I have had the privilege of serving on the Board of Trustees of the SETI Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to the search for life in the solar system and in the unive...
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Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory are announcing today that they have found an Earth-sized planet orbiting the nearest star to the Sun, Proxima Centauri. The star is only 4.2 light years away (which is roughly...
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Here is a beautiful new image from the Hubble Space Telescope, showing a young cluster of stars called Trumpler 14. Located about 8,000 light years away in the constellation of Carina, this grouping of hot bright stars forme...
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The national organization of professional astronomers (the American Astronomical Society) is meeting in San Diego this week, and there is BIG news from the meeting: More gravity waves, wood alcohol in space, and a big Tatooin...
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Tonight, if you look southeast, you can see Mars as a bright red dot next to the full Moon. Mars is in one of its closer positions, about 48 million miles away. Mars is in what astronomers call "opposition" right now (which i...
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Supersized Black Hole in an Unlikely Location Astronomers have announced the discovery of a black hole that has “eaten” as much material as 17 billion Suns. A few such gargantuan black holes have been found elsewhere; what...
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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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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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