All posts by Patrick McQuillan

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 research 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.

By Patrick McQuillan on May 30, 2009 in
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Date: May 30, 2009 Title: The Power of the Force! (Astrology Part 2) Podcaster: Patrick McQuillan Organization: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) www.iris.edu. Description: Which has more influence on you at birth: the planets of the solar system or your doctor? For thousands of years people have tried to use the locations of the […]

By Patrick McQuillan on April 28, 2009 in
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Date: April 28, 2009 Title: A Galaxy of Astronomical Birthdays Podcaster: Patrick McQuillan Organization: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS): www.iris.edu. Description: Happy Birthday! Today we have a star clustering of astronomically important birthdays. A total of five birthdays are celebrated today that have astronomical significance. Three are universally famous: Jan Oort, Bart Bok, and […]

By Patrick McQuillan on March 28, 2009 in
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Date: March 28, 2009 Title: What if the Moon did not exist? Podcaster: Patrick McQuillan Organization: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) www.iris.edu Description: We often take the Moon for granted. We assume it will always be there. Circling the Earth month after month with regular precision. But what would our world be like if […]

By Patrick McQuillan on February 27, 2009 in
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Date: February 27, 2009 Title: The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius. Or is it? (Astrology Part 1) Podcaster: Patrick McQuillan Organization: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)       www.iris.edu Description: Most everyone has heard the term: the Age of Aquarius. But do you know what it means? Are we in the Age of Aquarius? Did I […]