My name is Dr. Joe Pesce. I'm an astrophysicist primarily interested in the environments of the galaxies hosting supermassive black holes (also known as Active Galactic Nuclei). I've worked with clusters of galaxies, and the atmospheres of giant and supergiant stars.
Currently, I'm a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Astronomical Sciences, responsible for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO); a part-time Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia; and a Visiting Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. And I'm a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Oh - and I LOVE all things Star Trek!!
I’m looking forward to this AMA and to hearing from you with your questions about astronomy! I will try to answer as many as possible.
I have a broad understanding of the field, but it’s vast (one could even say “astronomically” large), so I might need some time to find the answer.
Also, there may be lots of questions I can’t answer, because I don’t know – and maybe the answer isn’t yet known (that’s a fun part about astronomy – lots of unknowns still). Please keep this in mind.
Astronomy is exciting, and we live in an exciting time for the field. Thank you for letting me share it with all of you!
Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations presented in this responses are only those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. National Science Foundation.
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