Brad Snowder

This weekend offers an excellent opportunity for sky-watchers to see 60 or more "shooting stars" per hour, during the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower. It's also the most reliable celestial event for northwesterners, because its mid-August arrival coincides with clear…

Brad Snowder’s focus is on the stars – he teaches astronomy at Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College, he is the director of Western’s planetarium and he delivered updates about the landing of the Mars rover via social media outlets.

For a man whose…

The Mars rover Curiosity is scheduled to land on the Red Planet early Monday morning. We'll talk to the manager of Western Washington University's planetarium, a self–described "space geek." He was chosen by NASA from a field of thousands to live tweet the event.

Lifelong "space geek" Brad Snowder was born the year the Soviet satellite Sputnik launched the Space Race, but he was too young to celebrate the ensuing first U.S. satellite success.

Fifty-five years later, the Bellingham resident finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to…

Brad Snowder, manager of the Western Washington University Planetarium and lecturer in Western's physics and astronomy department, has been selected by NASA to join a team of 25 social networking mission specialists working to create buzz about the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory…

The Perseid meteor shower - the sole annual celestial display that Northwesterners are almost guaranteed to see - will be a bit diminished this year because of a brilliant full moon.

Other major meteor showers occur in fall and winter months, when it's a good bet that Northwestern…

Western Washington University (WWU) planetarium directors recently replaced a Spitz A2 star ball with a Konica Mediaglobe digital projector.

"We spent a lot of time making the decision to go digital and consider our upgrade a major success," WWU planetarium manager Brad Snowder…

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