I’m an astronomer and science communicator, currently based at MIT in Cambridge, MIT. To find out more about me click here.
I specialise in the study of transiting exoplanets, specifically the detection and characterisation of new worlds using space-based survey telescopes such as Kepler, TESS and PLATO. If that means doesn’t mean much, head to my “Exoplanets – The Basics” page.
To read more about me and find my CV, click here. Or send me an email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
To find my recent talks, click here.
- Why the “Random Transiter” is now the more mysterious star in the galaxy
- From Planets to Exoplanets – An Updated Animation
- What TESS will do for Exoplanets
- Every Exoplanet – An Animation
- Saving Britain’s Global Reputation
- EPIC-1166 b: a Neptune-mass planet with Earth-like density
- Single Transit Candidates from K2
November 2019 – I have started the CHESS fellowship based at the University of Bern & MIT and combining TESS and Cheops space telescopes.
March 2019 – Our paper on classifying TESS candidates with neural networks (born at FDL 2018) is on the arxiv.
Jan 2019 – Our paper on the campaign to follow the potential eclipse of PDS110 is on the arxiv (spoiler – we didn’t find it)
June 2018 – I am spending the summer between NASA Ames and the SETI institute at the Frontier Development Lab – a collaboration between astronomy & machine learning experts.
August 2017 – Based on our paper, the next eclipse of PDS 110 should occur in September 2017, so we have set up a global observing campaign at pds110.hughosborn.co.uk to do it.
July 2017 – After an enjoyable three hour viva, I successfully defended my PhD thesis “Long Period Exoplanets From Photometric Transit Surveys”!
May 2017 – I have moved to the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille to start a postdoc working on the upcoming ESA PLATO mission!
December 2016 – For the first time, I am a co-author on a Nature (Astronomy) paper! We found the first example of varying exoplanetary weather on a giant exoplanet.
July 2016 – Just climbed Mont Blanc, (Western) Europe’s highest mountain.
November 2015 – Somehow, too many pub quizzes got me onto the 2015/2016 series of University Challenge! We got through to the last 16. The episode is here.
November 2014 – I have been selected as one of five contestants in the I’m A Scientist space zone. Students from across the UK will be sending questions our way for the next few weeks and whoever is voted to have answered the best, wins! UPDATE – I came second! Not too shabby, especially considering I’ve been here in Chile for the last week and unable to answer many questions at all!