Dr. Karl J. Hricko

Contours science editor and host

After serving four years in the Air Force as a flight engineer, Dr. Hricko has received degrees in science education from NYU, NJ City State University, and Rutgers University. He is presently teaching "Astronomy" at Centenary College and is past president of the United Astronomy Clubs of NJ.  As WNTI's science editor, Dr. Hricko producess segments for Contours, and conducts a monthly astronomy update.

Dr. Hricko has done research with the Hubble Space Telescope, and has given extensive lectures in Astronomy on topics such as "The Colonization of Space", "Is There Life Beyond Earth?", and "Famous Women in Astronomy". He also writes various astronomy articles. His hobbies include singing, acting, playing guitar, and writing poetry...

"I believe a leaf of grass is no less
than the journey - work of the stars"
                    - Walt Whitman

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Astronomy Update
12:30 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

WNTI Astronomy Update for February 2015

Hello!  I’m Karl Hricko for United Astronomy Clubs of NJ, bringing you the February Astronomy Update for the WNTI listening area.

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Astronomy Update
4:37 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

January Astronomy Update

Hello!  I’m Karl Hricko for United Astronomy Clubs of NJ bringing you the January Astronomy Update for the WNTI listening area.

 

Ring in the New Year.  It’s January, the first month of the year.  But is that true for all cultures through history?   A calendar is an artificial system that we try to match up with the actual motion of the Earth around the Sun.  The problem is that there isn’t an even number of days in a year.

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Astronomy Update
8:53 am
Tue December 9, 2014

December 2014 Astronomy Update

Hello!  I’m Karl Hricko of the United Astronomy Clubs of NJ bringing you the December 2014 Astronomy Update for the WNTI listening area.

In this month of December, it is fitting to see a manger in the western sky just below a cross shaped pattern of stars. The manger is Lyra (the Harp), and the cross is being held by St. Helen (Cygnus (the Swan). This religious interpretation of these star patterns were made by a German lawyer, Julius Schiller, in a star atlas he had published in the 17th Century.

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Astronomy Update
9:14 am
Wed November 12, 2014

ASTRONOMY UPDATE - NOVEMBER 2014

Hello! I’m Karl Hricko of United Astronomy Clubs of NJ bringing you the November Astronomy Update for the WNTI listening area.

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Astronomy Update
8:54 am
Tue October 14, 2014

October 2014 Astronomy Update

Hello!  This is  Karl Hricko of United Astronomy Clubs of NJ bringing you the  October Astronomy Update for the WNTI listening area.

I’m moving in orbit around some planet in our Solar System. 
 it has about 27 moons.  These moons go around it like lights on a Ferris Wheel.  That means that this planet is tipped on its side as it goes around the Sun.  If you wanted to celebrate your birthday, you’d have to wait 84 years.

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