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Dr Darren Baskill

Astrophysicist, Educator, Photographer

 I am the outreach officer and lecturer in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex, where my main role is to encourage school and college students to consider studying a physics related degree.

 Before that, I taught astronomy at the Royal Observatory Greenwich (predominantly in the planetarium, and where I also initiated the hugely successful annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition), spent 4 years calibrating the XMM-Newton Space Telescope (ensuring that the data sent back to Earth was of the highest quality) and did a PhD in X-ray astronomy (looking at the physics of cataclysmic variable star systems) at the University of Leicester.

I am also an astrophotographer (view a gallery of my work), a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society & a member of the Institute of Physics.