Dr Padric McGee

Demonstrator - Computer Specialist
  Org Unit Physics
  Email padric.mcgee@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 3433
  Location Floor/Room 1 10 ,  Oliphant Building ,   North Terrace

Introductory general astronomy.

Development of content for practical teaching in astronomy.

Methods of optical astronomical observation, particularly small-telescope, CCD-based imaging and photometry.

Introductory physics laboratories.

Astronomy Research

Photometry of cataclysmic variable stars.

Photometry of other high-energy sources such as AGN, X-ray binaries.

Photometry of exoplanet host stars, to search for transits. 


IT Support Areas

: web maintenance experience using Plone, Drupal, Dreamweaver, and the current university Template Management System

: experience using video-collaboration tools Access Grid (now defunct), SeeVogh (now ViewMe by eZuce), and Google Chromebox for Meetings


3D imaging and content generation

: real-world stereoscopic image acquisition

: development of stereoscopic CGI content

The N2K consortium. III. Short-period planets orbiting HD 149143 and HD 109749. Fischer, D. et al. Astrophysical Journal, 2006; 637(2):1094-1101.

On the search for transits of the planets orbiting Gliese 876. Shankland, P. et al. Astrophysical Journal, 2006; 653(1):700-707.

Superhumps in cataclysmic binaries. XXI. HP Librae (=EC 15330-1403). Patterson, J. et al. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2002; 114(791):65-73.

Multiwavelength observations of PKS 2255-282. Tornikoski, M. et al. Astronomical Journal, 1999; 118(3):1161-1168.

TeV gamma-ray observations of three X-ray selected BL Lacs. Roberts, M. et al. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 1999; 343(3):691-696.

Spectroscopy and photometry of EUVE J1429-38.0: An eclipsing magnetic cataclysmic variable. Howell, S.B. et al. Astronomical Journal 113(6):2231-2241 01 Jun 1997.

An anomolous stellar image on an astronomical slide photograph. McGee, P. Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of Australia 10(2):118-119 1992.

Radio segments

January 15th 2015: live interview on 5AA about the New Horizons probe nearing Pluto.

October 2014 total lunar eclipse: several live and pre-recorded interviews on ABC 891, Triple M, SAFM.

April 2014 total lunar eclipse: live interview on ABC 891.

November 2012 partial solar eclipse, interview on SAFM.

December 2002 total solar eclipse: interview on ABC radio.

Undated: live interviews on ABC 891 about a "blue moon", and a conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the Moon.

Newspaper/online items

August 2016 Perseid meteor shower: advice to Australian Geographic for online article about the shower.

October 2015 total lunar eclipse: quoted in photo caption, October 9th, 2014 Advertiser.

December 2002 total solar eclipse: assistance to The Australian for preparation of a map of the eclipse track.


Continuing: school student interviews for students' research projects- various astronomy and space topics, for example: human travel to, and living on, Mars. 

March 2016: Use of the campus Observatory as a filming location for the latest TV ads for the University.

June 2015 : School student visits to the campus observatory for Adelaide Compass.

December 2014 : School student visits to the campus observatory for Adelaide Compass.

Fringe festivals 2011 and 2012: developed and presented two hour-long 3D shows about the solar system, in the Visualisation Lab, total audiences around 1500.

Photography: use of the campus observatory as a photo location for The Australian, the Advertiser, and for university Marketing. 

Photography: use of the SAPAc/eRSA Vislab for photography for the Adelaidean and for university Marketing.

Kojo Productions: advice on portraying crystal diffraction for their film "Driven to Diffraction".


CategoriesAstronomy & Space
ExpertiseAstronomical events of public interest; space events of public interest; eclipses; space exploration; astronomical images; telescopes;exoplanets;
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