I am an astronomer working for the citizen science project called CosmoQuest. My graduate work was on building a low-frequency radio telescope to detect hydrogen from the early universe. I enjoy all kinds of outreach, especially helping kids explore the world around them. I'm skeptically curious about all things.
The space station is about to get many, many new visitors onboard. These unlikely space travelers won't have their names in the history books, though they have come from somewhere near you. Maybe even from on you. Continue reading â†’
A new study comparing the accuracy of crater counting from thousands of volunteers with that of experts shows that crowdsourcing science works. Continue reading â†’
From afar, the Orion Nebula looks peaceful, but deep inside its star-forming oven, true planet-killers lurk. Continue reading â†’
After carrying out a vast survey using data from multiple observatories, astronomers think they've found the 'missing link' for the earliest compact galaxies. Continue reading â†’
The peanut-shaped asteroid that the Japanese Hyabusa mission visited in 2005 appears to be two asteroids that merged to form Itokawa's weird form.
Sometimes it really does take the most sensitive telescopes in the world to find what was in front of us all along. Continue reading â†’
For the first time, a thin filament of intergalactic gas from the "cosmic web" has been directly seen using one of the largest telescopes on Earth. Continue reading â†’
A Type 1a supernova has been spotted in our galactic back yard inside M84, a galaxy only 12 million light-years from the Milky Way. Continue reading â†’
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