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ASTRONOMY & TV PROS JOIN FORCES TO ANNOUNCE THE BIRTH OF A NEW STAR                                                            Astrocast.TV <http://astrocast.tv/> premiers on the Internet

Centreville,VA.—March 20, 2008-- Astrocast.TV <http://astrocast.tv/> announces the launch of the first of its kind webcast for experienced amateur astronomers and anyone interested in learning about our universe in visually rich format.  On March 24, 2008 Astrocast will be launched and hosted by an impressive roster of individuals including NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, Greg Redfern and Greg Piepol; with Astrocast Special Advisor, Dr. Harold Geller, Associate Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, George Mason University (GMU).
Recognizing the need to inform and educate people of all ages about astronomy and space science,  Executive Producer Richard C. Mathews said the Astrocast team of Redfern, Piepol and Geller wanted to share their wealth of knowledge and experience so that many who view this program gain a better understanding. “Our goal is to increase public awareness of astronomy and our solar system and how it impacts our lives,” said Mathews.
Co-host, Redfern’s writings, media appearances, and public lectures on astronomy and space exploration have reached thousands for over four decades. He was host during a live TV-Internet broadcast Hour 4 of Space Day 1999 Cybercast at the National Air and Space Museum. Redfern continues his public outreach as a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador. Redfern can be seen regularly on WTTG Fox 5 and internationally on the Voice of America. For more information visit Greg's WTTG-TV Fox DC Blog site, “SkyGuy’s Blog” at http://community.myfoxdc.com/blogs/category/WEATHER and WTOP News at http://www.wtopnews.com/?nid=422&sid=latest <http://www.wtopnews.com/?nid=422&amp;sid=latest> for his column, “What’s Up? The Space Place”.


“A person’s first look at the sun through a properly equipped telescope is not quickly forgotten, remarks Piepol, it’s that good!” Piepol, also serving as the show’s co-host, is actively involved with solar outreach and travels around the United States sharing his fascination with our closest star. His presentations include 3D, video and sound to inform and inspire others to look safely into the sun. His solar images have been used on MSNBC, The History Channel, Nature Magazine and hundreds of worldwide resources. Greg received the Astronomical League’s first ever “Webmaster of the Year” award in 2003. His website http://www.sungazer.net <http://www.sungazer.net/> was awarded the Griffith Observatory Star Award for its promotion of astronomical awareness.
Dr. Geller <http://www.physics.gmu.edu/wiki/People:Profiles:Harold_Geller>   http://www.physics.gmu.edu/wiki/People:Profiles:Harold_Geller <http://www.physics.gmu.edu/wiki/People:Profiles:Harold_Geller>   will play a dual role serving as the show’s advisor as well as host of the Astrocast.TV Q & A segment. His achievements include co-designing the first astrobiology course taught at GMU, within the general education Honors Program; and he designed, developed and funded the construction of George Mason University’s new observatory, to be completed in 2008 with the installation of a 32-inch Ritchey Chrétien telescope.
“Star gazing isn’t only exciting, but it’s about seeing both the past and our future” exclaims Mathews, “I want to send a message and have people look at life from literally another point of view.”  Astrocast.TV <http://astrocast.tv/> is the creation of Executive Producer Mathews, a former television Producer/Director for CNN Headline News, NBC, WORLDNET and the Voice of America whose fascination with space exploration grew during his years of directing a number of NASA Space Shuttle launches/landings and repair missions for CNN/HN.   
But the program would not be complete without the assistance of his son Chris Mathews, a 3-D animation artist who provides graphic and animation elements to support the visually rich show format.
Astrocast.TV <http://astrocast.tv/> is a webcast produced by Midnight Rider Productions, LLC, a company developing and marketing sophisticated and elegant video production techniques for the internet.                                                                      

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