Edward Gomez

Education Director

Since childhood I have been fascinated by astronomy. When I realised that I could use maths and computers to do fun things with astronomy, I knew I was hooked for life. I never grew out of it and now I am lucky enough to be a professional astrophysicist. As part of my role with LCO I try to find novel ways to engage the public in astronomy. This has taken the form of creating citizen science projects like Agent Exoplanet, interactive educational web apps like Star in a Box, and online community events like Show Me Stars.

The global education hub for LCO is based in Cardiff University where I am an honourary lecturer/adjunct faculty in the School of Physics and Astronomy. One of the enjoyably parts of this position is supervising BSc. and MPhys. level undergraduate projects. This year I had 4 project students investigating extrasolar planets. I am very proud that 2 of my former project students have gone on to do PhDs.

In addition, I am part of the Schools Engagement Team and assist with the outreach of the University. We have recently been awarded funding by the Welsh Government's National Science Academy to run the programme Universe in the Classroom, inspiring children and teachers with Universe in a Box kits and stellar role models, across Wales. Universe in the Classrom is run in partnership with the international project Universe Awareness.

I co-chair the IAU task force for children and schools, under the guidance of the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD). Our aim is to help people in astronomically developing countries to engage with and inspire children and teachers.

I regularly appear on the BBC radio wales programmes, Science Cafe and Eleri Sion Show. I have served as guest judge for the national Debating Matters competition. Engaging with the public is fun and I have been lucky enough to do it in several pubs with Ignite Cardiff and Bright Club.

Currently I am working at how we make our global telescope network accessible to the general public and what tools we need to make the most of its potential. What particularly concerns me is using the power of astronomical images to inspire people who would not normally be interested in science.

I love music and play the lute. Part of me thinks that makes me closer to a renaissance astronomer, like Galileo.

Publications

  • Can planet formation resolve the dust budget crisis in high redshift galaxies?
    eprint arXiv:1708.07053
  • Using dust, gas and stellar mass selected samples to probe dust sources and sinks in low metallicity galaxies
    eprint arXiv:1705.02340
  • Gaia Data Release 1. Testing the parallaxes with local Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars
    Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2017 605
  • Robotic Telescopes in Education
    Astronomical Review, 2017
  • Dual atomic interferometer with a tunable point of minimum magnetic sensitivity
    Physical Review A, Volume 94, Issue 3, id.033634
  • Results from the worldwide coma morphology campaign for comet ISON (C/2012 S1)
    Planetary and Space Science, Volume 118, p. 127-137.
  • Peer-review Platform for Astronomy Education Activities
    eprint arXiv:1501.07116
  • Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network
  • A Cool Dust Factory in the Crab Nebula: A Herschel Study of the Filaments
  • Astrophysics datamining in the classroom: Exploring real data with new software tools and robotic telescopes
  • The Herschel Reference Survey: Dust in Early-type Galaxies and across the Hubble Sequence
  • Dust in historical Galactic Type Ia supernova remnants with Herschel
  • The LCO Follow-up and Characterization Network and AgentNEO Citizen Science Project
    AAS/Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Abstracts, 2017 49
  • Las Cumbres Observatory: Building a global telescope network from the ground up
    Highlights of Astronomy, Volume 16, pp. 646-646
  • IAU Office of Astronomy for Development: Task Force Children and School Education
    Highlights of Astronomy, Volume 16, pp. 545-546
  • The LCOGT Near Earth Object (NEO) Follow-up Network
    American Astronomical Society, DPS meeting #46, #414.10
  • Show Me Stars: Engaging celebrities in astronomy outreach with their Twitter followers
    Communicating Astronomy with the Public Journal, Volume 14, p.15
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Contact: egomez@lco.global