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Dr. Rick Fienberg

Rick Fienberg, PhD, is Press Officer of the American Astronomical Society. Earlier he spent 22 years at Sky & Telescope magazine, the last eight as Editor in Chief. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Astronomical Union named asteroid 9983 Rickfienberg in his honor, and NASA awarded him its Exceptional Public Achievement Medal “for exceptional service to the nation in [his] tireless efforts for the public’s safe solar viewing of the 2017 total solar eclipse.” Before joining S&T, Rick earned his BA in physics at Rice University and his MA and PhD in astronomy at Harvard University. He has done research on the aurora borealis, asteroids, planetary nebulas, active galaxies, and the center of the Milky Way. He is a co-creator of the Galileoscope educational telescope kit, a Cornerstone Project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and the International Year of Light 2015. Though trained as a professional astronomer, Rick remains an amateur at heart, observing the sky and taking astrophotos from his private observatory in central New Hampshire. An inveterate traveler and eclipse-chaser, he has visited all seven continents and the North and South Poles. Eclipse 2019 will be his 14th and eclipse 2020 will be his 15th voyage to totality.

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Rick made learning about the eclipse fun as well as informative.
— Cheryl I., Alhambra, CA
Total Solar Eclipse in the South Pacific
He did an excellent of job of presenting, particularly given the very mixed levels of understanding among the audience.
— Myra M., Ashland, OR
Total Solar Eclipse in the South Pacific