Camille Carlisle

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. In 2014 she took the moniker science editor.

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 halfway through her junior year. After graduation she went on to complete a master's degree in science writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before returning to S&T Camille worked at Science News magazine in Washington, D.C., where her primary role was as the publication’s fact checker. Her articles have appeared in S&T, Science News, Technology Review, and MIT’s webzine Scope. She was also a fellow of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing in 2009-2010.

Camille covers science news for Sky & Telescope magazine and She also edits the magazine's news section and does whatever else may land on her desk. She’s fond of chocolate chip cookies and passionate about black holes — she wrote both her bachelor's and master's theses on them (black holes, not cookies). She is a native of northern California but nowadays can be found weaving her bike through Cambridge traffic.

4 thoughts on “Camille Carlisle

  1. lamport

    Dear Ms. Carlisle,

    Reading your article in the January Sky and Telescope on the formation of supermassive black holes, I was struck by the elephant that might be in the room but is neither seen nor mentioned: dark matter. If dark matter consists of particles that interact only through gravity, then they can contribute to a black hole and feel no radiation pressure, so they obey no Eddington limit. Has this possibility been considered? There is plenty of dark matter out there, and I believe we don’t know very much about how it is distributed now, let alone 13 billion years ago.

    1. Camille M. CarlisleCamille M. Carlisle


      Thanks for the question. The issue is that, in order to fall into a black hole, matter needs to lose angular momentum. Gas can do this via friction. But dark matter — as far as we currently know — does not interact with itself. So dark matter probably wouldn’t be able to pour into a growing black hole.

      We’re actually learning a surprising amount about how dark matter is distributed on cosmic scales. The Planck satellite mapped matter’s gravitational lensing effect on the cosmic microwave background (, and other teams have also used lensing to map matter:

  2. rayyeagerrayyeager

    Been enjoying your articles on black holes. The images and artists renderings show a black hole facing us. If a black holes were facing away from us would we see it. Would the light pulled in a black hole facing away from Earth appear to us.


    Ray Yeager

  3. julian

    subject line: how the future builds its present.

    camille, you are the brightest spark at sky % telescope. i read your articles before anybody elses, and i have the inkling that you play your cards close to your chest, and that you know more than you let on. please dip into my blog COSMOSFOOM at word so we can start a discussion at the highest discourse level possible: “how to keep the cosmos from going (foom) ; apologies to zaphod beeblebrox.” i critique corporate cosmology from a literary, philosophical, abnormal psychology 102 (!) and political economy point of view and find it wanting.

    “if we do not make the cosmos humane, it will kill us all, and then it will kill itself.” the arming sequence for the self- destruct button is just across the hall.

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