Professional astrophysicist and passionate science communicator. I investigate how galaxies form as well as studying the larger properties of the Universe, and try to explain it to as wide an audience as possible.
Deeply honoured to be featured alongside everyday Australian legends as Commbank’s Australian of the Day campaign. Fun chatting to them about my work on Dark Matter as well as helping inspire and educate Australians about the awesomeness of science.
I was delighted when three RMIT students asked me to help explain the Aurora (the Northern / Southern lights) with them in this fantastic animation. There's something really engaging about this old school style that more recent digital graphics can miss. But decide for yourself..!
An amazing chance to open for Neil deGrasse Tyson in front of 5000 people, speaking about dark matter and generally hanging out with him backstage (and yes he's a top dude).
Caltech researchers led by Prof Mike Brown who formerly demoted Pluto have published tentative results of a ninth planet in our Solar System, and at ten times the mass of Earth it’s in no danger of not qualifying for planet status if real. Fainter than a lightbulb on the Moon and moving each second on the sky about a human hair’s width held at 100km it will be challenging to find against the 100 million stars of the Milk Way behind it’s approximate area.
I got a little carried away with the ridiculous scale of the latest explosion in space, outshine the entire Milky Way twenty times over. We have no idea how to produce this level of explosion. Then there was brief chat about SpaceX and its unfortunate crash on a sea barge then a final rant about the wonders of Pluto!
The Project invited me on the show to chat about an astounding discovery... A new tiny faint point of light appeared in the sky, 10000 times faint than could be seen by the naked eye, but when we realised it was 3.8 BILLION lightyears away it was clear that it must be astoundingly bright to even reach this faint level. This was the brightest supernovae ever recorded - ASAS-SN-15lh