Meet the Authors!
My name is Lukas, and I am one of the admins for this page. I just wanted to share a bit about myself so that you would know 1/2 of the team that writes these posts! I am currently a Ph.D. student at the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii. I've been passionately pursuing astronomy ever since my first encounter with the subject in high school. Almost two years ago now, I obtained my bachelor's degree in Astrophysics with a minor in Mathematics from the College of Charleston. During my undergraduate career I did research on gravitationally lensed quasars, or active supermassive black holes. Last year I finished a project involving gravitational lensing by galaxy clusters, the most massive bound structures in the universe. Now I am working as a part of the Hawaii Two-0 distant galaxy survey team here at the Institute for Astronomy. What fascinates me most is the diversity of the universe and the processes that led to the way it looks to us today. When I am not finishing up my school work or doing research, I enjoy the outdoors, video games, animals, exercising, and eating yummy vegan food.
What is our place in the Universe, how did everything we see come about? Humans have addressed these questions throughout history, and as astronomers, we have a responsibility to make this conversation accessible to everyone who is interested. I created @cosmos_inyourhands with the goal of taking high-level astronomy (recent discoveries, publications) and making it accessible through short summaries and explanations of the main results. This is a place to really learn about what is happening in state-of-the-art astronomy research today. I hope that this page teaches you something new and hopefully makes you feel like you can be a part of the conversation. Thanks for following!