Professor (Astrophysics), University of Southern Queensland
I'm an astronomer and astrobiologist based at the University of Southern Queensland, in Toowoomba, Queensland.
I first became interested in astronomy as a five-year-old, as a result of viewing an accidentally recorded episode of the Sky at Night.
I've always been particularly interested in our Solar system, especially the small objects therein - the comets, asteroids and meteors.
In recent years, I've been expanding my research to include astrobiology and the search for, and study of, exoplanets.
‘Like blood, then turned into darkness’: how medieval manuscripts link lunar eclipses, volcanoes and climate change
Apr 06, 2023 07:14 am UTC| Science
Before humans started heating the planet by burning fossil fuels in the 19th century, Earth had experienced centuries-long widespread cool period known as the Little Ice Age. Scientists believe this cold spell may have...
Astronomers just discovered a comet that could be brighter than most stars when we see it next year. Or will it?
Mar 13, 2023 11:41 am UTC| Science
Hot on the heels of the disappointing Green Comet, astronomers have just discovered a new comet with the potential to be next years big story C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS). Although it is still more than 18 months from...
How big is the Moon? Let me compare ...
Jul 18, 2019 23:53 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science
Even though we can see the Moon shining brightly in the night sky and sometimes in daylight its hard to put into perspective just how large, and just how distant, our nearest neighbour actually is. So just how big is...
A Goblin could guide us to a mystery planet thought to exist in the Solar system
Oct 20, 2018 15:25 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science
Out in the depths of the Solar system, astronomers recently discovered a small, icy object, named 2015 TG387. First observed in October 2015, it has been nicknamed The Goblin by its discoverers. It is currently almost...
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