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Joseph A'HEARN

Welcome to my site! I’m an astrophysicist and planetary scientist especially interested in solar system dynamics.  

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I’m currently a Physics Ph.D. candidate at the University of Idaho.

I’ve been doing research on the dynamics of Saturn’s moons and rings. 

Science

My first scientific paper dealt with energy conservation in co-rotation resonances, with a focus on Saturn’s Aegaeon ring arc.

I’m now studying co-orbital satellite systems and using my findings to try to understand phenomena in Saturn’s innermost ringlet. I recently won an award for this research. 

ONLINE TEACHING

I have been teaching high school physics for Memoria Press Online Academy since Fall 2018.

I am also preparing a 16-week high school Astronomy course for Kepler Education that I will begin teaching in Fall 2020. 

BACKGROUND

I did my undergraduate studies in Physics, with a technical option in Astrophysics, and a second major in Philosophy, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

I’m also Catholic. Before transferring to UIUC, I spent eleven years, starting with high school, in a formation program to become a Catholic missionary priest. Even though I decided in the end that taking another career path made more sense for me, my adventures and experiences during those years, which I spent in the northeastern United States, Mexico, and Italy, have in large part made me who I am today. I wouldn’t trade my unique path in life for any other.