Andrew Fraknoi is the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill college and former Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. He joins us to talk about the most exciting astronomical event of the decade: the total solar eclipse of 2017.
In addition to being the lead author on the new open-source electronic textbook Astronomy, published by OpenStax, he is the co-author of a new children’s book about eclipses, When the Sun Goes Dark (2017, NSTA Kids.) He serves on the 2017 Eclipse Task Force of the American Astronomical Society, and has been training teachers and librarians to act as guides for the public as the August eclipse approaches. He appears regularly on local and national radio, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language and was named California Professor of the Year in 2007. His first two science fiction stories were published in anthologies during the past year. The International Astronomical Union has named Asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi to honor his contributions to the public understanding of science. Following his retirement from Foothill College this summer, he will be teaching non-credit courses for adults at San Francisco State and the University of San Francisco.