James O’Donoghue

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James O’Donoghue

From August 9, 2023 to August 22, 2023

Dr James O’Donoghue is a planetary astronomer and award-winning science communicator at the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), prior to which he worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His research involves the astronomy of Giant Planets Jupiter, Saturn and exoplanets. His recent astronomical discoveries have made global news: Saturn’s rings aren’t going to last forever — they are falling into the upper atmosphere, and Jupiter’s aurora heats the entire planet.
James has a passion for educating people about the wonders of space; he creates space science-themed animations which are used in schools, planetariums, universities and museums globally. These videos have over 250 million views across Youtube, Twitter and other platforms.
During his visit, James will be hosting after-dinner stargazing sessions, along with talks about astronomy throughout the day.


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