We are a bunch of selfish transients or astronomy researchers, whichever term you prefer.

EmmaEmma is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham, where she is currently working on the Herschel ATLAS survey. This is by far the most ambitious survey done in infrared wavelengths, and has great promise of delivering exciting science about the formation of galaxies in the very young Universe. Before that Emma worked in Cardiff, and before that in Edinburgh, where she got her PhD. Emma likes biscuits but dislikes coffee, with the latter making Emma a very unusual Astronomer.

NiallNiall is an Irn-Bru fueled postdoctoral astronomer, currently living working at MPIA in Heidelberg having previously worked in the Netherlands and Hawai’i and studied in Edinburgh. His research focuses on stars in our own galaxy, the smaller and dimmer the better. He knows a surprising amount about a surprising number of things (including football, scottish indie music and flags of the world), which makes him very useful in pub quizzes. This blog was his idea so I think that makes him our leader…

Rita originally hails from the sunny shores of Portugal, but in a stroke of madness moved to the drab dreary rainy UK about 9 years ago. She has spent most of that time in Edinburgh studying for a Masters and PhD in Astrophysics, but has more importantly used the time to cultivate a love for whisky, hill walking and ceilidh dancing. Long exposure to the Scots has allowed her to gradually understand what most of them are saying (apart from Stuart).
Rita’s research spans many times and scales from the Cosmic Microwave Background to the formation of galaxies. She is currently working as a postdoc at Portsmouth University.
She has a passion for the colour purple and her mortal enemy is anything arachnid. We are not sure what will happen if she ever meets a purple spider…

Stuart“Comfortably scruffy and hirsute”, Stuart works in Chicago on many things in the Zooniverse have studied and previously worked in Edinburgh. As well as his research Stuart works on public outreach and is into photography. In a radical departure from the other authors of this blog Stuart sometimes smiles in photos.

If you want to contact any of us or have questions or comments about the blog please email us at,
weareallinthegutterblog (tis with the biggest search engine). The content of this blog and the opinions expressed in it are entirely the responsibility of the authors and not of their employers or funding bodies.

The title of this blog comes from the quote “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” from Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde. Thanks to Simon, Bard of the Black Isle, for thinking it up.

The header image comes from lh95, a star forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of the satellite galaxies of our own Milky Way. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration.

4 Comments on “About”

  1. Julia says:

    Is there a forum for correcting your grammar and typos…? *probably going to get slapped*

  2. Niall says:

    Yes, it’s called Emma.

  3. Is there an email where I can reach one of the main authors for this blog?

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