James McGaha

Grasslands Observatory — Tucson, AZ

James McGaha is a retired USAF pilot, astronomer and director of the Grasslands Observatory. He held a TOP SECRET compartmented security clearance and was involved in numerous classified operations including operations in the so-called "Area 51." His current work includes astrometry and photometry of asteroids and supernovae. He has discovered 15 asteroids and 63 comets and has over 2500 M.P.E.C. publications on Near Earth Asteroids. He is the optical discoverer of gamma-ray burst GRB 030329, is the winner of the 2002 Shoemaker NEO Grant, and has asteroid 10036 named "McGaha" in his honor. He has appeared widely in the media, having actively promoted science and debunked pseudoscience for over 35 years, focusing on belief in UFOs and astrology. He is the founder and chairman of the Tucson Skeptics and a Scientific Consultant to the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

James' presentation topics include Astronomy (any level), Astronomy for Skeptics, Ancient Astronomy, Native American Astronomy, Extraterrestrial Life, Psychic Astronomy, Comets and Asteroids, Beauty of Science/Astronomy, Doomsday - Death from the "Sky", Cosmic Mysteries - Is There a "Need" for God?, Philosophy of Science, Science vs. Religion, Evolution vs. Religion, Critical Thinking, Scientific Method, Illusions, Astrology, Bermuda Triangle, Creation Science, UFO's, Aliens Among Us, History of UFO's, Physics of UFO's, Making UFO's, Lights in the Sky, The Trained Observer, Alien Abductions, Ancient Astronauts, Flying, and Sport Parachuting.

James can be reached via e-mail at mcgaha [at] skepticus [dot] com

Topic(s): Astronomy & Earth Science, Biology, Debates, Education, Philosophy, Skepticism

Sub-topic(s): Evolution, Critical thinking, Science education, Philosophy of science, Astrophysics, Pseudoscience