Suzie Imber

Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Leicester. She specialises in studying space weather; understanding the impact of the solar wind on the magnetised planets, in particular the Earth and Mercury. Suzie is a Co-Investigator on the X-ray spectrometer on board the joint ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft due to arrive …

Paul Abel

Paul Abel is a theoretical physicist at the University of Leicester where he is based in the department of physics and astronomy. His current research areas are concerned with black holes and wormholes, in particular Hawking radiation and Quantum Field Theory in curved spacetimes.  Paul is a very keen visual amateur astronomer who largely observes …

David Eicher

David Eicher is one of the most widely recognised astronomy enthusiasts in the world. He has been with Astronomy magazine for 36 years, and has been the magazine’s chief editor since 2002. Dave has spoken widely to science groups, logged many hundreds of hours at the eyepiece, and written 14 books on astronomy. Among them …

Simon Porter

Simon Porter is Co-Investigator on the New Horizons Kuiper Belt Extended Mission and works as a research scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, USA. He is originally from Ontario, Canada, and studied at the University of Alabama in Huntsville before doing his PhD research at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. His …

Manish Patel

Manish Patel gained his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Kent, and went on to study a PhD at the Open University working on the Beagle 2 mission to Mars, where he designed, built and tested a UV sensor to measure the sunlight at the surface of the red planet. He then went …

Chris Done

Chris Done grew up watching Star Trek, and her ambition was to be Spock. Black holes were a standard plot device, linked to wormholes in space, and time travel and alternative Universes… fascinating! So she did her PhD in Cambridge on the intense X-ray emission released as material falls into a black hole, and then …

Will Gater

Will Gater is an astronomy journalist and science presenter with over twenty years’ experience of observing and photographing the night skies. His astronomical images have appeared in books, magazines and on television all over the world and he sat on the judging panel for the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition for …

Carolin Crawford

Carolin Crawford is the Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. She received her PhD from Cambridge University, and for many years she used X-ray, optical, and near-infrared observations to investigate both the environments of some of the largest galaxies in the Universe. Her research was carried out alongside — …

Paul Davies

Paul Davies is Regents’ Professor of Physics, Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science and Co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative at Arizona State University. His research has been mainly in the area of theoretical astrophysics and astrobiology, with emphasis on the big bang, black holes, the origin of life and SETI. He …

Allan Chapman

Allan Chapman is a historian of science at Oxford University, with a special interest in the history of astronomy. He has written 13 books and numerous academic articles, and made several television programmes. He has received honorary doctorates and awards from the Universities of Central Lancashire, Salford, and Lancaster, and in 2015 was presented with …