Dr. Thomas A. Hockey

Professor of Astronomy
Email Address: 
thomas.hockey@uni.edu
Phone Number: 
319-273-2065
Office: 
Latham 112
Education: 
Ph. D. Interdisciplinary (Astronomy, History & Philosophy) (1988), New Mexico State University
M. S. Astronomy (1985), New Mexico State University
M. A. Secondary Education - Physics, Mathematics (1982), New Mexico State University
B. S. Planetary Science (1980), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: 

Studing the history of planetary astronomy in light of the modern search for planets orbiting other stars as well as the astronomy of solar eclipses and comets, and the archeoastronomy of pre-historic peoples.

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Professional Links -

Astronomy Education Review, Editor-in-Chief

Past Chair, Historical Astronomy Division, American Astronomical Society

Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

How Astronomers Die?


Meet the Scoundrels of Astronomy

Adler Planetarium Historical Instruments Activity

A Timeline of Astronomers and Cosmologists

  • PDF file. Document is 35" x 35" at full resolution. 

The Pluto Debate

20 Reasons Why Pluto Should Still Be A Planet
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20 Reasons Why Pluto Should No Longer Be A Planet
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Epicycles Exercise

Lunar Standstills and Chimney Rock

Report on Rock Art on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

On the Spring 2000 Conjunction of the Planets Saturn, Jupiter and Mars