Across our human lifetimes, the night sky can often feel like something of a constant. Familiar stars come and go with the seasons, but their arrangement within the vast tableau of the firmament never varies. Nebulae appear today just as they were decades ago and the galaxies that we marvel at through our telescopes seem frozen within a static, obsidian, void. Yet the heavens are anything but still. We live in a whirl of celestial activity alive with the movement of billions of stars and swirling gas clouds, while all throughout the Universe countless different inhabitants perform varied and complex gravitational dances. In this talk, Will explore the remarkable story of this cosmic drama and delves into the thrilling new revolution that has both amateur and professional astronomers working together to monitor and understand our dynamic night skies.
Will Gater is an astronomy journalist, author and presenter. His work has appeared in New Scientist, BBC Sky at Night Magazine, Focus and Astronomy Now, among others.
He is the author of several popular astronomy books – including The Cosmic Keyhole and The Night Sky Month by Month – and is the co-author of Dorling Kindersley’s The Practical Astronomer and Nature Guide: Stars and Planets.
Will is passionate about communicating the wonders of the Universe to all. He has made numerous appearances on television and radio to talk about astronomy and space, including on Channel 5’s The Gadget Show, The Sky at Night and BBC One’s The One Show as well as Sky News, BBC News and the BBC World Service. He has also worked behind the camera as the astronomy researcher on the BBC’s long-running stargazing series The Sky at Night and hosted live astronomy shows for Slooh.com featuring real-time broadcasts of major space events alongside interviews with prominent astronomers, scientists and astronauts.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, member of the Association of British Science Writers and has a degree in astrophysics from University College London.