Tony Darnell is a Science Software Technologist, video blogger, astronomy software developer and a self-proclaimed Hubble Hugger. He co-hosts and coordinates the Hubble and Space Fan Hangouts at the Space Telescope Science Institute. He also writes and produces video content for the Deep Astronomy Blog on HubbleSite.org and HubbleSiteChannel on YouTube.
Zolt Levay is Imaging Group Lead in the Office of Public Outreach at Space Telescope Science Institute. Since 1993, he has primarily been responsible for transforming Hubble Space Telescope data into aesthetically attractive images to illustrate Hubble’s science discoveries. He is also Principal Investigator of the Hubble Heritage Team, a program within STScI that strives to produce and distribute the visually finest Hubble imagery. Zolt was trained in Astrophysics at Indiana University and Case Western Reserve University and was employed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, working on various space missions. He has been at STScI since 1983. He spends a lot of time trying to photograph the full range of what nature has to offer from landscapes to intimate details of the world, the night sky, and the universe beyond.
Dr. Bonnie Meinke
Dr. Bonnie Meinke is a content specialist in the Office of Public Outreach the Space Telescope Science Institute. Before coming to the Institute, she was the resident planetary scientist at the Fleet Science Center in San Diego, Calif. She grew up in Texas where, as they say, "the stars at night are big and bright." Captivated by the night sky, she studied physics and astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her Bachelors in 2005. Bonnie went on to earn her PhD in 2012 at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she studied moon formation in the Saturn system with the Cassini spacecraft. Her research interests include planetary rings, icy moons and solar system formation.
Originally from Raleigh, NC, Josh Sokol graduated from Swarthmore College in 2011, where he studied Astronomy and English Literature. As a data analyst at the Space Telescope Science Institute, he helps to calibrate Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys, provides support for microlensing research, and coordinates social media for the Hubble Heritage Team. His favorite geologic time period is the Cambrian, his favorite Avenger is Captain America, and he's been milking the same pseudo-intellectual "Lebron James is Shakespeare's Coriolanus" pop-criticism theory for over two years.
Dr. Frank Summers
Dr. Frank Summers is an outreach astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute. His work explains the wonder and insights of astronomical discoveries to news media, web sites, classrooms, museums, and more. He specializes in cinematic scientific visualizations and has worked on numerous planetarium shows, television documentaries and films. Of note, he directed an award-winning IMAX short film and was writer, science advisor, and scientific visualization supervisor on IMAX "Hubble 3D." In other areas, Dr. Summers curated the "Visions of the Universe" traveling exhibit; has collaborated on Microsoft Research's WorldWide Telescope software; and created a DVD course, “New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on the Solar System,” with the Teaching Company. He received his Ph.D at the University of California, Berkeley, and did post-doctoral studies at Princeton and Columbia. Dr. Summers hosts the video podcast Hubble's Universe Unfiltered as well as the monthly STScI Public Lecture Series.
Tracy Vogel is a writer and editor for the Space Telescope Science Institute, where she works on public outreach for the Hubble and Webb telescopes. She writes features for HubbleSite.org and Webbtelescope.org, coordinates social media, and answers questions for the public. She agrees that the thing you saw in the sky was very weird, and is deeply sorry that she has no idea what it was.