Saturday, September 1, 2001
Physics Lab, 2nd Floor, Spees Building
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd.
· General Meeting - 7:30 pm
· Lecture - 8:00 pm
Who is this guy who calls himself "The Bad Astronomer?" Is
he really bad? Is he really an astronomer?
I received my PhD in astronomy at the University of Virginia in 1994.
While there, I helped teach introductory astronomy classes and for three
years (six semesters) I ran a nighttime lab where students used binoculars
and telescopes to observe the sky. I wrote several of the exercises for
that lab, which helped me learn how to communicate difficult astronomical
techniques to people unfamiliar with the jargon. UVa also has an observatory
located a few kilometers away from campus, and twice a year would hold
Public Nights so people could come and look through the telescopes. I
usually volunteered to stay outside the dome and answer questions people
had about astronomy. The bug to teach basic astronomy to the public got
a hold of me during those nights.