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Monica Young

Monica Young is Sky & Telescope's Web Editor. She joined the staff in 2012 after a brief stint as an editorial intern. Science and writing have always gone hand in hand for Monica. At the University of Pittsburgh, she complemented her Physics & Astronomy course load with a second major in Journalism. She went...

Camille Carlisle, assistant editor Sky & Telescope

Camille Carlisle

Camille M. Carlisle was an editorial intern at Sky & Telescope in 2008 and joined the staff as an assistant editor in 2011. Beginning as an astronomy and astrophysics major at Villanova University, Camille soon discovered that her favorite part of physics lab was writing lab reports. She eventually switched to an English major...

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Patricia Gillis-Coppola

Pat Gillis-Coppola joined the S&T Art and Design department as a freelancer in 2001. Several years later she finds herself Design Director, enjoying the learning curve that astronomy has given her. She bought her first telescope within her first year at S&T, and every clear Halloween the neighborhood kids can be seen lined up...

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Gregg Dinderman

Gregg Dinderman (Illustration Director) joined the staff of Sky Publishing in 1995. With bachelor¹s degrees in design and philosophy, and graduate study at the Rhode Island School of Design, he has worked in publishing for more than twenty years, winning nine awards for technical art. Gregg assisted Roger Sinnott with the development and production...

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Tony Flanders

Tony Flanders has been fascinated by astronomy longer than he can remember, but he only started telescopic observing late in life, in 1997. That's when he bought a 70-mm refractor and set out to observe all the Messier objects. His first sightings were from his home in Cambridge, MA, but he moved to progressively...

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Casey Reed

Casey joined the staff of Sky & Telescope in 2003 as Illustrator shortly after receiving his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art. Prior to attending college, Casey served three years in the U.S. Army and is currently a member of the Massachusetts National Guard. Casey is a space enthusiast,...

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Susan B. Lit

Susan held various positions at Sky before taking the reins in 2000 as CEO, President, and Publisher. During her tenure, she led Sky through a number of transitions and strategic initiatives that helped transform it into the leading publisher of astronomy periodicals and books. She oversaw S&T's significant growth in advertising and newsstand sales,...

Valerie Celeste Coffey

Valerie Coffey is managing editor of Sky & Telescope and Night Sky magazines. She writes news for S&T and SkyandTelescope.com, edits sections of the magazines and the Web, and manages the editorial process. She has a B.A. in physics from University of Nevada, Reno, and an M.A. in astronomy from Boston University. She was...

Edwin L. Aguirre

Edwin Aguirre joined Sky Publishing in January 1995. As an Associate Editor of Sky & Telescope, he edits the magazine's Astronomy Scene; Star Trails; Northern Hemisphere Sky; Sun, Moon, and Planets; Targets, and Observer's Log departments, including Community News and Amateur Events. He also occasionally writes and edits News Notes and feature articles. Before...

S&T: Gary Seronik

Gary Seronik

An experienced observer and telescope maker, Gary Seronik began writing for Sky & Telescope in 1996 and joined the staff full-time as an associate editor in 1998. He is currently a contributing editor. Astronomy has been a life-long passion for Gary — he began subscribing to S&T in 1973 when he was only 12...

Marcy L. McCreary

As vice president of marketing and business development at Sky Publishing, Marcy brings nearly two decades of publishing and media experience to the position. Her current role includes management of the books & products division, the development of the Web site, the cultivation of strategic partnerships, and oversight of corporate communications. Prior to this...

Stephen James O’Meara

A superb writer, photographer, and naturalist, Steve O'Meara is also known worldwide for his legendary eyesight and observing prowess. Among his many astronomical achievements: he was the first to sight Halley's Comet visually on its 1985 return; he noticed the dark "spokes" in Saturn's B ring before the Voyager 1 spacecraft imaged them; and...

Stuart Goldman

Stuart J. Goldman

Stuart Goldman came to Sky & Telescope in 1986 after graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, earning degrees in astronomy and journalism. For three years in college, he worked part-time at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center as a programmer and data technician. He was also the Science Editor for the campus newspaper...

Kelly Beatty

J. Kelly Beatty

Kelly Beatty, S&T's Senior Contributing Editor, writes many of the feature articles and news items found in Sky & Telescope and on this website. He joined the staff of Sky Publishing in 1974 and served as the editor of Night Sky, our magazine for beginning stargazers, in 2004-07. Specializing in planetary science and space...

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Dennis di Cicco

Dennis di Cicco joined the staff of Sky & Telescope in 1974, bringing with him an educational background in mechanical engineering and experience as a telescope maker, astrophotographer, and observer dating back to the early 1960s. Among his credits, he is particularly proud of his involvement with the creation of S&T's popular Test Reports...

Alan M. MacRobert

Alan M. MacRobert became an amateur astronomer in 1965 and a Sky & Telescope subscriber in 1966. He joined the editorial staff in 1982 and is now a senior editor. Over the years he has played a role in practically every part of the magazine, especially upcoming celestial events, amateur observing projects, equipment tests,...

Jonathan McDowell

Jonathan McDowell is an astrophysicist at the AXAF Science Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (AXAF is the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility, NASA's next major astronomical satellite. It is scheduled for launch into Earth orbit in 1998.) His scientific interests include emissions from quasars and other active galactic nuclei, the nature of dark matter, and the...

Roger W. Sinnott

Roger came to Sky & Telescope in 1971, after gaining an astronomy degree from Harvard University and making two deployments to Southeast Asia as an officer in the US Navy Seabees. From 1974 to 1998 he conducted the magazine's Telescope Making department, showcasing homemade telescopes, accessories, and cutting-edge optical designs. He has ground and...

Lester J. Stockman

Lester Stockman graduated from Dickinson College in 1974 with a Bachelors Degree in mathematics. He worked for three years on the college newspaper as layout assistant and layout manager. After arriving in Boston he worked on the weekly newspaper GCN for three years as layout assistant, layout manager, and office manager. Lester has worked...