George Pattinson

Science Communication and Science Development

‘But where is everybody?’ - Enrico Fermi

I joined the observatory team up at Kielder in October 2018, my first job after graduating from UCL with a degree in Natural Sciences. However, my passion for astronomy stems from further back as my dad was my physics teacher at school and so it was difficult to escape having an interest in astrophysics.

  • Favourite celestial object: M13 or the Hercules Globular Cluster. It is the most stunning of all globular clusters and is visible throughout the spring and summer. It is also the eventual target for the Arecibo Message, beamed up from Earth in 1974 in the hope to contact alien life.
  • Favourite animal: The Velvet worm. These rare little guys spit glue-like slime to trap their prey. However they look like a cuddly cartoon character.
  • Most memorable day at Kielder Observatory: The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The event went off with a bang.
  • Most exciting future space mission: The Dragonfly spacecraft which is due to be launched in 2026 to explore Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.