Tony Darnell has been enamored with astronomy and space ever since he first watched the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969.
He was seven.
Forever changed by the events unfolding during the Apollo moon program throughout the seventies, he began tinkering with telescopes and built his first one when he was 18 years old — a 6-inch Newtonian telescope that he uses to this day.
In high school, Tony worked as an intern at the Boulder Valley Public School Planetarium, where he was exposed for the first time to the excitement that teaching the public about astronomy can bring. While there, he wrote and presented planetarium shows for students and the general public.
Always active in amateur astronomy, and realizing that he probably wasn’t going to be an astronaut, he never stopped working toward his OTHER dream: a career studying the heavens.
That dream was finally realized when he began working at the High Altitude Observatory in Boulder, Colorado, processing and analyzing solar data from the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory. He has since worked with the Dark Energy Survey at the University of Illinois, and is now a Science Software Technologist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
Through every phase of his life, he has found it difficult to contain his passion for astronomy and space, and in 2006 started a YouTube Channel: DeepAstronomy. Using skills and techniques he learned from his days at the planetarium, he began producing astronomy videos and a weekly news series featuring new discoveries in astronomy.
Tony received his Bachelors of Arts in Physics from the University of Colorado.