About

Dear Astronomer answers reader questions about astronomy and science, as well as up-to-date space news and astronomy-related product reviews.

The site is ran by Ray Sanders, an astronomer with nearly fifteen years of amateur astronomy experience and an education that includes astronomy and astrophysics. Currently working to make the transition from “backyard astronomer” to “professional astronomer”, Ray is passionate about observing, research, outreach, answering astronomy questions, and writing for other sites such as Universe Today and The Planetary Society Blog.

The mission for Dear Astronomer can be simply explained through the tagline “Bringing space back down to Earth”.

Many times lecturers, websites and other “personalities” over explain concepts and leave the public with more questions than answers. All too often, astronomy and science discussions can be dry and boring. When reader questions are answered at Dear Astronomer, all efforts are made to use terminology and explanations that every day people can understand – not just other scientists.

In short, the goal is to provide information about space and science with a super-sized order of “cheeky” shenanigans, so as to help make astronomy fun and entertaining!

Please take a moment to browse through past articles and posts. If you have a question about astronomy or science, please submit it using the handy “Ask a question” form.