A lifelong amateur astronomer, Phil Harrington was bitten by the "astronomical bug" when he was assigned to watch the total lunar eclipse of April 1968 as a homework assignment. Since then, Phil has spent countless hours touring the universe through telescopes and binoculars. He is a former staff member of New York City's Hayden Planetarium and instructor at the Vanderbilt Planetarium in Centerport, New York.
Phil is an adjunct professor at Suffolk County Community College, Selden, New York, where he teaches courses in stellar and planetary astronomy. He is a founding member of the Westport (CT) Astronomical Society and is also one of the coordinators of the annual Astronomer's Conjunction, held every summer in Northfield, MA.
Phil is most familiar to amateur astronomers for his books:
Phil is also a contributing editor for Astronomy magazine, where he has published more than 200 articles since 1988. Phil frequently reviews telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomical equipment, as well as writes the magazine's monthly "Binocular Universe" column.
In addition, he authors a monthly "Cosmic Challenge" feature on Cloudynights.com. Beyond these, he has written for Deep Sky and Sky & Telescope magazines, as well as other periodicals. A complete listing of his articles, both in magazines and on-line, can be found here.
Academically, Phil has undergraduate degrees in science education from Wagner College and mechanical engineering from New York Institute of Technology, as well as a Master's degree in environmental engineering from New York Institute of Technology.