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Philip Blanco
Philip Blanco

Philip Blanco



Contact Info:

Phone: 619-644-7312
Office: Bldg. 34, Room 158
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 12:45pm-1:45pm, Tuesday & Thursday 2:30-4pm, or by appointment. Please let me know when you intend to arrive, to avoid conflicts with other students.



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ASTR 120  Exploration of the Solar System

Course Links:

ASTR120 course web page
ASTR 112  Astronomy Laboratory
PHYC 130  Fundamentals of Physics I

Course Links:

PHYC130 course web page
AGI / STK Software Honors Projects - for all Physics students

Course Links:

STK Honors Project Information and forms

Course Notes:

Analytical Graphics, Inc. has generously provided licenses under its Educational Alliance program for Grossmont College students to use the many advanced features of its Systems ToolKit (STK) software for modeling moving objects (land, sea, air, and space). Follow the link above for more information about honors projects based on this software package.
Astronomy Research Seminar Honors Project (in collaboration with other institutions)

Course Links:

Astronomy Research Seminar Honors project

Course Notes:

A research experience for students who will work as a team to make observations of double stars, analyze the data, and publish the results in a research journal.


1986: B. Sc. (Honours) Physics, University of Durham, England.
1992: Ph. D. Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Thesis: Testing unified models of active galaxies through infrared spectroscopy. 

Recent Publications:

  • Angular momentum and Philae's descent, The Physics Teacher 53, 516 (2015).

Interesting/useful websites:

  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
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