The space age has revolutionized the study of astronomy. Space-based telescopes have not only produced some of the clearest and most detailed images of the heavens, but have unlocked whole fields of study that are not possible from the ground. As we mark the 30th anniversary of the Hubble space telescope in 2020, hear its remarkable story, learn about some of its major discoveries, and find out about the pioneering missions planned for the coming decades.
Dr Dan Wilkins is a research scientist in the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford University. His research focuses on supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies, how matter plunging into them powers some of the most extreme objects we see in the Universe and the important role they played in the formation of the Universe as we know it today. Alongside his own research, he is working towards the development of some of the next generation of space telescopes that will observe X-rays from the most energetic processes in the Universe.
Dan received his doctorate in Astronomy from the University of Cambridge in 2009. After a short research fellowship in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he was awarded NASA’s prestigious Einstein Fellowship which brought him to Stanford in 2016. Dan has a passion for communicating science to the public and helping people explore the wonders of the night sky. He regularly gives talks to a wide variety of audiences, from universities to astronomical societies, schools and even on-board cruise ships, regularly giving talks and hosting stargazing evenings and planetarium shows on Transatlantic sailings of Queen Mary 2.