Will Gater is one of the UK’s best-known astronomy journalists and authors. His work has appeared in Sky at Night Magazine, Focus and Astronomy Now as well as Countryfile Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, National Trust Magazine and BBC Knowledge Magazine.
He is the author of several popular astronomy books – including The Cosmic Keyhole and The Night Sky Month by Month – and is the co-author of Dorling Kindersley’s The Practical Astronomer and Nature Guide: Stars and Planets.
Will is passionate about promoting and communicating astronomy to all. He has made numerous appearances on television and radio to talk about astronomy and space, including on Channel 5’s The Gadget Show, The Sky at Night and BBC One’s The One Show.
As well as frequently appearing in front of the camera, Will has also worked behind it, as the astronomy researcher on the BBC’s long-running stargazing series The Sky at Night.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, member of the Association of British Science Writers and has a degree in astrophysics from University College London.
He began his career as a professional science writer in 2006 and went on to work as the news editor of Astronomy Now magazine. In 2008 he joined the BBC’s Sky at Night Magazine where he worked for five-and-a-half years before going freelance in 2013. His writing has covered a wide variety of celestial subjects, from planetary science and cosmology to astrophysics and observational astronomy.
Will has also written press and outreach materials for the European Space Agency’s Hubble Space Telescope press office and the European Southern Observatory and was the assistant editor of the first issue of the International Astronomical Union’s Communicating Astronomy with the Public Journal.
He is regularly invited to speak to societies and astronomy festivals and has been giving public lectures around the UK for nearly fifteen years.
Will is also an experienced astrophotographer and observational astronomer. His pictures of the night sky have appeared in books, magazines and on television all over the world. He has been on the judging panel for the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition since its launch in 2009. His favourite stargazing spot lies under the gloriously dark skies of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, the county where he grew up.
Will has travelled the globe in search of spectacular astronomical sights — including total solar eclipses, the Northern Lights and the occasional bright comet — and today works as one of the guest astronomers on Omega Holidays’ extremely popular aurora flights.
When not looking at the night sky, Will spends his spare time swimming, walking in the hills of Dartmoor and fossil hunting on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.
You can follow him on Twitter at @willgater.
Will in the news
Interview about getting into astronomy for the National Trust Magazine‘s spring 2014 audio edition, January 2014. [Listen here]
“When does autumn really start?”, The Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2013. [Read the article here]
Interview for the Royal Observatory Greenwich blog about ‘Visions of the Universe’, June 2013. [Read the interview here]
“To infinity and beyond”, Photography Monthly magazine, June 2012.
“Silent night”, Lost in London magazine, winter issue 2011-2012.
“How to…follow yonder star”, Reader’s Digest, December 2011.
“Starstruck: The importance of amateur astronomy”, The Independent, 18 October 2010. [Read the article here]
BBC Focus magazine podcast, February 2010. [Listen here]