“Theories crumble, but good observations never fade.”
Welcome to my site! I’m an astronomer and science communicator based in London and currently working at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. In this capacity I aim to inspire people to take a closer look at their Universe, explore its inner workings and discover its breathtaking beauty.
I’m an experienced speaker, writer and press expert with a passion for the night sky and a background in astrophysics. I have a broad interest in science and public engagement, including broadcasting and museums, but I prefer to focus my own expertise to the highest standard I can achieve. When I'm not embedded in astronomical projects, I can usually be found running, enjoying music, exploring the countryside and sampling real ales!
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We've discovered that the Universe is still cooling from an extraordinary change of state 13.8 billion years ago, the afterglow of which permeates every cubic millimetre of space, and that its countless stars and worlds surely outnumber every breath drawn by every human who has ever lived.
Yet as larger instruments probe ever more remote regions of the Cosmos, our place within it is far from diminished. Indeed our significance only grows as astronomy presents a profound opportunity for self-discovery. In just the past century we've come to understand that almost all the stuff you and I are made of was literally forged by stars before being scattered throughout the Galaxy; a truth almost too beautiful to believe.
Nevertheless I still get my greatest thrill from simply observing, studying and recording phenomena in the night sky, so my ambition is to make a stargazer out of everyone I meet.
As an urban astronomer living in one of the brightest cities in the world, I'm keen to promote taking an interest in the sky regardless of the conditions that may be up against you. Light pollution shouldn't discourage you from exploring the Universe.
Hopefully you'll begin watching the stars if you aren't doing so already. After all, they're your name in lights!
I try to present a variety of perspectives with my own images, from lunar closeups that approximate the view an Apollo astronaut might describe, to heavily processed pieces showing enhanced colours or details of scientific interest. Capturing and processing images is a rewarding challenge for an astronomer based in a city.
I am experimenting with and developing novel methods to mitigate the effects of light pollution on astronomical images (and data) in the hope that I can encourage other urban astronomers to do the same. I'm also interested in pushing the limits of smaller, more portable optics and marrying modern cameras with historic instruments, such as the telescopes at the Royal Observatory.
On occasion, particularly interesting images or collections inspire me combine real data and entirely artificial composition to produce purely artistic works.
Press & Media
- TV appearances: BBC - The One Show, London News, News 24, World News, Newsround, The Sky at Night; ITV News; Channel 5 News; The Saturday Show; Sunday Brunch; Sky News; CNN International; The Weather Network
- Radio: BBC - Radio 4 (Natural Histories, PM Programme), Regional News, 5 Live (News, Hitlist), World Service (WHYS), Mark Forrest Show; LBC; Classic FM; Capital FM
- Written work & comment: The Guardian (Starwatch), Mashable, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Radio Times, Astronomy Now, Londonist, Express, Space.com, The Sun, Financial Times, Telegraph, FHM, Economic Times, Shutterbug
Practising mindfulness - quite simply holding one's attention in the present moment with an attitude of acceptance to the phenomena that arise in the mind and body - has been linked to stress and anxiety reduction, preventing depression and relapse, and even reducing inflammation biomarkers by slowly and steadily rewiring the brain. With future research, it is likely that other benefits will emerge.
For further information about mindfulness, including benefits and resources, see the Oxford Mindfulness Centre website.
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