Christendom College professor Dr. George Garrigan will address the Warren County Chapter of the Isaak Walton League of America on October 6, 2014. Garrigan, who teaches astronomy at the college, will explain how to identify constellations and explain their corresponding mythological figures.
Garrigan says that he plans to focus on the seasonal constellations associated with late summer and early autumn.
“I will include certain specific features that can be easily spotted with binoculars such as the beautiful star pair called Albireo, one of which is a sapphire-blue and the other a rich golden-yellow; the globular cluster in Hercules; the open cluster known as the Pleiades and our ‘sister galaxy’, the great spiral of Andromeda,” he says.
The Izaak Walton society is an environmental organization that encourages natural conservation and outdoor activities, especially fishing, hiking, and stargazing.
Dr. George Garrigan received his doctorate from the University of Iowa and followed up with post-doctoral work at Cornell. He started teaching as a lay missionary in West Africa and later moved to Virginia. In 2009, after thirty years of teaching chemistry and geology, he began teaching astronomy at Christendom.