Thanks to the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve we are happy to announce that Nick Howes will be our guest speaker at SSP 2015. Here is bit of information about Mr Nick Howes.
Nick Howes is an astronomer at the Kielder Observatory in the UK, as well as a freelance science writer whose work has included science writer for the European Space Agencies Science Portal and NASA Blueshift.
A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, he has written for Astronomy U.S, Sky and Telescope, Popular Astronomy and many other publications and websites, including major work for the world’s largest telescope project, the Square Kilometre Array.
His images of comets and asteroids have graced the NASA home pages on multiple occasions. and have won awards and been featured by the like of National Geographic,The Times of London, Universe Today, Space.com, Financial Times and Discovery Channel Science as well as multiple books and peer reviewed journals.
Formerly the Pro-Am Programme Manager for the twin 2-metre Faulkes Telescopes, where he coordinates projects with the European Space Agency on their near Earth object program, ESO on massive star cluster observations and NASA’s CIOC as well as projects with the U.S based Space Science and Planetary Science Institutes monitoring a range of comets.
Currently Nick is also working as a research associate with the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff on their LARI program, the 2-metre Liverpool Telescope in La Palma on cometary observations and the Italian CARA comet research group on dust measurements for cometary bodies.
Nick has over 400 NASA ADS citations for observational work on comets and asteroids, and is in the Guinness Book of records for leading a team of UK Astronomers in creating the World’s largest image composite of the Moon taken by ground based observations.
A STEM ambassador in the UK, he has appeared on both BBC television and radio and he regularly features as the official astronomer for the BBC in the South West of England. He is also the tour leader for astronomy holidays in Africa and a consultant to the GEO Observatory in Andalucia, Spain.