Will Gater is an astronomy journalist, author and presenter. His work has appeared in Sky at Night Magazine, Focus, New Scientist 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 communicating the wonders of the Universe 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. He has also worked behind the camera as the astronomy researcher on the BBC’s long-running stargazing series The Sky at Night. Today Will is the host of Slooh’s live, online, astronomy shows, which feature real-time broadcasts of major celestial events alongside expert commentary and interviews with prominent astronomers & scientists.
Will 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. Will’s writing has covered a wide variety of celestial subjects, from planetary science and cosmology to astrophysics and observational astronomy.
He 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.
Will especially enjoys talking about astronomy. He has been giving public lectures to societies, star parties and even music festivals – across Europe – for over fifteen years.
Will’s fascination with the cosmos means he doesn’t just write about all things astronomical either; he is also an experienced astrophotographer and observational astronomer and can often be found stargazing under the dark skies of Somerset and Exmoor as well as Dartmoor in Devon, the county where he grew up. His pictures of the night sky have appeared in books, magazines and on TV all over the world, and he has been on the judging panel for the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition since its launch in 2009.
Will has always loved the outdoors and relishes all sorts of astronomical adventures. He has travelled the globe in search of the most awe-inspiring celestial sights including eclipses, the Northern Lights and even the occasional bright comet. In March 2015 he led a successful eclipse-chasing trip to the Faroe Islands to see the total solar eclipse. He is also one of the guest astronomers on Omega Holidays’ hugely popular aurora flights, which go in search of the Northern Lights from the air.
When not looking at the stars, Will spends his spare time walking on the hills of Dartmoor and Somerset and fossil hunting on Dorset’s spectacular Jurassic Coast.
You can follow him on Twitter at @willgater.
Will in the news
Interview on World Have Your Say (BBC World Service) about Rosetta/Philae mission, 12 November 2014. [Listen here]
Guest appearance on Slooh live broadcast about the Philae landing, 12 November 2014. [Watch here]
Interview for the BBC World Service’s Outside Source programme about the Rosetta mission, 6 August 2014. [Listen here]
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]