Last updated July 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm
Science AMA Series: I’m Joss Bland-Hawthorn, ARC Laureate Fellow Professor of Physics and Director of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, Sydney, Australia. I specialize in extragalactic and galactic astronomy, and in developing astronomical instrumentation. AMA!
This Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) popped up with astrophysicist Joss Bland-Hawthorn from Sydney.
If you’re unfamiliar with AMAs, basically interesting (and sometimes not-so-interesting) people put themselves up for questions from the online Reddit community.
He introduced himself:
“Research is an exhilarating journey of discovery; you learn something new and exciting each week of the year. My team at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy is working on the next generation of astronomical and space instruments. On April 19, one of these CubeSats launched from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station. Our CubeSat is one of the first Australian satellites to be sent into orbit in 15 years. A proud time for our team!
I am an ARC Laureate Fellow Professor of Physics and Director of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIFA). I was born in England before moving overseas in 1985. After receiving my PhD from the Royal Greenwich Observatory and the University of Sussex, I took a 3-year postdoc in astrophysics at the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii. In 1988-1993, I was a tenured professor at the Space Physics & Astronomy Department, Rice University, Texas. In 1993, I joined the Australian Astronomical Observatory, Sydney. In 2000, I was appointed Head of Instrument Science, a new division that was created to reflect the increasing need for complex novel solutions to astronomical instrumentation. Since 2007, I have been a professor at the University of Sydney. I am a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and The Optical Society (OSA).”
And then he waited for the questions to roll in.
Here’s some of the highlights from his AMA. Everything from study and career advice to the deep questions in life.
Astronomy as a whole concept is mind blowing. So what is the most mind blowing fact from someone who studies mind blowing science?
He offers his ultimate study tip of working for two hours with 20-minute breaks to relax inbetween.
Then things take a turn into some real deep science.
It wouldn’t be a space AMA without asking if Joss believed in extraterrestrials – and everybody, we have a believer.
- Check out the rest of the AMA here.
- Read about the CubeSat launch via this article from The Conversation.