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Distinguished Lecturer, Rich Talcott

Senior Editor, Astronomy

Senior Editor Rich Talcott brings to the magazine a lifelong interest in the science of astronomy as well as observing the night sky. He graduated from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, in 1976 with a degree in Mathematics. After attending graduate school at Ohio State, Rich returned to Marietta in the early 1980s as a Lecturer in the Physics Department. He joined the staff of Astronomy in early 1986 and hasn't looked back.

Rich edits the Sky This Month section in the center of Astronomy as well as science and hobby features. In addition, he has written more than one hundred feature articles for the magazine. He also creates most of the star charts you see in Astronomy as well as the maps that appeared in Atlas of the Stars . Each year, he produces Astronomy 's beautiful Deep Space Mysteries calendar.

In collaboration with Joel Harris, Rich authored Chasing the Shadow: An Observer's Guide to Eclipses . He has witnessed six total solar eclipses and hopes to add many more to the total.