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Patrick McQuillan earned a B.S. degree in Physics from the College of William and Mary. His senior research project involved determining the period of variable stars, most notably Alpha Auriga. This was at a time when collecting data meant going to the roof of the physics building, locating the star by hand, and tracking the star manually by following a guide star in the finder scope. No GPS-auto-guiding-from-a-climate-controlled-remote-location! In the twenty plus years since then, he has explained astronomy to the general public as a Planetarium Director, the Education Manager for Challenger Center for Space Science Education, a NASA Solar System Ambassador, and currently explains Earth Science as Education and Outreach Specialist for IRIS. You can view current earthquake activity using the Seismic Monitor located on the IRIS website. Connor and Ryan McQuillan are just kids. They have varied interests, with astronomy being just one thing among many.

By Patrick, Connor, and Ryan McQuillan on October 1, 2009 in
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Date: October 1, 2009 Title: My Favorite Things? Getting Astronomy on Your Children’s Favorites List Podcaster: Patrick McQuillan with help from Connor and Ryan McQuillan Organization: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) www.iris.edu Description: What things would your kids place on their list of favorite things? How can you get astronomical topics on that list? […]