Monday, November 26, 2007

Planet Expert Permenantly Mesmerized By Space

BOSTON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One spacey scientist has made his childhood dreams come true by keeping his head in the clouds.

Space enthusiast-turned-author David Aguilar has just penned Planets, Stars, and Galaxies: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe (National Geographic Books) and hopes the book gets others excited about his passion for outer space.

Aguilar – who’s the public affairs director for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics – says he’s been “obsessed” with space since he was a kid and always knew he’d end up exploring the sky as an adult.

Says Aguilar: “I’ve built my own telescopes from scratch all my life just to get a glimpse of space from Earth. I wanted to roam the moon and be an astronaut before we even knew what astronauts were!”

But Aguilar’s real fascination over the past few years has been the development of two new planets in our galaxy, Ceres and Eris – which were recently introduced to the public – and he hopes the space additions are accepted with open telescopes.

Aguilar says, “We knew people were going be hesitant at first, since they’re so used to the nine planets, but now we have 11, and learning about them will give us new, fun challenges. The space frontier is still wide open and it’s stranger than anything we can imagine!”

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