Will Gater is an astronomer, journalist and author based in the UK. He has written extensively for the UK’s top science magazines including Sky at Night Magazine, Focus, Astronomy Now and BBC Knowledge Magazine. He is the author of The Cosmic Keyhole, The Night Sky Month by Month and co-author of Dorling Kindersley’s The Practical Astronomer and Nature Guide: Stars and Planets.
Will holds a degree in astrophysics from University College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and member of the Association of British Science Writers. He appears regularly on television and radio to promote astronomy and science and has been giving public lectures around the UK for over a decade. He is also the astronomy researcher on the BBC’s long-running astronomy series The Sky at Night.
Will worked on the BBC’s Sky at Night Magazine for 5½ years before going freelance in July 2013. He is a former news editor of Astronomy Now magazine and has also worked as a science writer for the European Space Agency’s Hubble Space Telescope press office, in Munich. He has written for the European Southern Observatory and the International Astronomical Union, and was the assistant editor of the first issue of the International Astronomical Union’s Communicating Astronomy with the Public Journal.
Will is also a judge on the annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition run by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. In his spare time, Will is a keen astrophotographer. His pictures of the night sky have appeared in books, magazines and on television all over the world.
“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]