Finn Burridge

Science Communication

“For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.” - Carl Sagan
 

A sky full of stars and a night spent in good company is everything I need to feel alive. For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the sky and our place in it. We all want to know where we belong, how our life fits into the bigger picture, and so we fill our lives with stories and art, with song and dance, with tales of wonder and fantasy. Yet, to me, astronomy presents itself as the greatest story of all. A story every one of us shares. A story written not in fiction but a story of fact. How strange this tale plays out so far, filled with stars, galaxies, planets and us - the only characters we know of so far. I chased this narrative to Lancaster University, which opened up a few more chapters, and I graduated with a 2:1 masters degree in Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology before being lucky enough to join the Kielder team. And so, here for a while, under the dark Northumberland sky, I write my brief few lines into the great story of the sky, and I hope you can join me for a sentence or three. Who knows what the next page will be.

  • What is your favourite planet: Jupiter ("The King")
  • What is your favourite song (at the minute): "Still Unbeaten Life" (Gang of Youths)
  • What is your your favourite food: nachos

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