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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. Ryan McQuillan is just a kid. Although he is passionate about all things Lego, animals, science, rock collecting, and the wonders of the night sky.

By Patrick & Ryan McQuillan on August 27, 2009 in

Date: August 27, 2009 Title: Need a Unique Birthday Gift? “Buy” a Birthday Star Podcaster: Patrick McQuillan and Ryan McQuillan Organization: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Description: Every year around Christmas time we are bombarded with advertisements suggesting you “name-a-star” for a loved one. If you purchase a “Name-a-Star” kit, your loved one’s […]