Tag Archives: outreach

An astronomer by any other name

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. In that time a lot has happened. At the end of March this year my contract as the Deputy Gemini Scientist at the Australian Astronomical Observatory ended, and for personal reasons (not least … Continue reading

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Is there a planetary system around tau Ceti?

If you heard about the (proposed) tau Ceti planetary system late last year, then chances are you would believe that there are five planets orbiting this bright star with 100% certainty (note the “starchild” video embedded in this story), and that … Continue reading

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Taking Public Outreach seriously

A recent conversation on twitter with AstroKatie started me thinking about how seriously employers take public outreach, and how seriously funding agencies take it. She questioned whether including her outreach work on her webpage might not be taken seriously, but … Continue reading

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When will the world end?

As I mentioned in my last post, I have just taken part in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here, a project that connects scientists and school students over two weeks of intensive chatting and Q&As. There are several … Continue reading

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How many stars can you see in the night sky?

The real answer to this question depends of course on where you are when you’re looking – and it can be quite depressing. But this is an “out of the mouths of babes”-type story. Up to now I’ve focused on dealings with … Continue reading

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Adventures in Public Outreach

This is my new blog, dedicated to my various astronomy and science outreach activities, and some of the weird and wonderful people and things I encounter along the way. The blog’s name comes from a common refrain I hear in … Continue reading

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