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Andy Fraknoi

Andrew Fraknoi is the Chair of the Astronomy Program at Foothill College in Los Altos, California. He was the Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the Founding Co-editor of the online journal Astronomy Education Review. He appears regularly on local and national radio, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language. Currently, he is Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the SETI Institute. Asteroid 4859 was named Asteroid Fraknoi by the International Astronomical Union to recognize his efforts in public education, and in 2007 he was named Professor of the Year for the state of California. For several decades, he has been active in helping teachers and the public deal with such astronomical pseudo-sciences as astrology, UFO’s, faces on other worlds, and, now, the so-called “Doomsday 2012.”