Astronomers on Twitter

List of astronomers who have over 1,000 Twitter followers. Includes astrophysicists, planetary scientists, and related professionals. Tweet additions and comments to @Lucretius21c.  This list also is available in the Twitter list system.

For popular recent tweets of those listed here, see Top Tweets by Astronomers.

Content last updated: 2014-09-21 19:15 UTC. Users listed: 116.

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 Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist. Author: Space Chronicles & Inexplicable Universe [Video]; Host: @StarTalkRadio & @COSMOSonTV
New York City

2,863  1/day
 John Grunsfeld

Lead for Science at NASA (Associate Administrator) Astronaut STS-67,81,103,109,125 Hubble Hugger, Space and Earth explorer

44.5  0.3/day

Astronomer, SETI Institute
Mountain View, California

34.5  0.2/day
 Stuart Clark

Astronomer, journalist and author of The Sun Kings and The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth trilogy. Writes Across the Universe blog for The Guardian.

20.3  2/day
 - Jeff Goldstein

STEM educator, astrophysicist, Natl Cntr Directr, Stnt Expts on ISS | NSTA Keynote 3min vid
- Washington, DC

14.0  4/day
 J Richard Gott

Astrophysicist; author of TIME TRAVEL IN EINSTEIN’S UNIVERSE; co-author, w/ Robert J Vanderbei, of SIZING UP THE UNIVERSE
Princeton, New Jersey

12.7  0.2/day
 David Spergel

Astrophysicist at Princeton University
Princeton NJ

12.5  0.4/day
 Amy Mainzer

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

9.53  2/day
 Marc Kuchner

PI of Citizen Science site, Astrophysicist, Songwriter.
Greenbelt, MD

9.24  0.5/day
 Ed Lu

Finding a million asteroids!
Pale Blue Dot

8.03  0.7/day
 Phil Plait

SCIENCE! I love this stuff.

6.45  25/day
 Janna Levin

Astrophysicist. Author.
New York City

6.16  0.4/day
 Dr. Bruce Betts

Fun random space facts and easy astronomy in a short attention span format from a planetary scientist dude
Pasadena, California, USA

6.11  2/day
 Robert Simpson

Astronomer and web developer at Oxford University. I work at the Zooniverse: the world’s largest citizen science platform. 2014 TED Fellow.
Oxford, United Kingdom

5.71  6/day
 Ed Copeland

Particle cosmologist working on the Early Universe at the University of Nottingham. Views expressed are my own.
Nottingham, UK

4.87  0.7/day
 Mike Brown

Astronomer, planet hunter, Pluto killer, bear whisperer, Finger-wrapped dad.
Pasadena, CA

4.16  3/day
 Dr. Phil Metzger

Planetary scientist. Co-founded NASA KSC SwampWorks. Now at UCF Florida Space Institute but still with SwampWorks team. SpaceMining. Space settlement. Science.
Kennedy Space Center & Orlando

3.86  14/day
 Dr. Alex Lockwood

Alliterative atypical astrophysicist

3.80  1/day
 Brian Schmidt

An overly busy Cosmologist, Wine maker, Dad & Husband. 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics
Canberra Australia

3.38  4/day
 Jake Vanderplas

Python-wielding astronomer interested in cosmology, machine learning, open science, reproducibility, education, data vis…
Seattle WA

3.35  2/day
 Kelle Cruz

Astronomer, professor, blogger, gardener, tennis player and fan, and bicycle commuter. Founder of @astrobetter
New York, NY

3.06  0.4/day
 Dr. Ian O’Neill

@DNews Senior Producer for Space. Recovering British solar physicist. Enjoys beer, prefers tea. Hairy Atheist and skeptic. Pro gopher wrangler. @AberUni alum.
Woodland Hills, California

3.02  8/day
 David Brin

Scientist, Futurist, Author (The Postman, Existence,The Transparent Society). Interested in technology & our changing world.
San Diego

2.52  4/day
 Emily Lakdawalla

Senior Editor & Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society. Planetary scientist, writer, public speaker. Writing a book on Curiosity mission. Asteroid 274860.
Pasadena, CA

2.43  19/day
 Meghan Gray

Astronomer. Mother. Stranger in a strange land.

2.26  0.7/day
 Hakeem Oluseyi

Astrophysicist | Inventor | TED Fellow | Star Hacker | OG | TV Personality
Melbourne, FL USA…

2.22  4/day
 Adam Frank

Astrophysicist: University of Rochester. NPR Science Blogger: 13.7. Author: About Time: Cosmology Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang.
University of Rochester…

1.91  2/day
 Lucie Green

Royal Society University Research Fellow staring at the Sun and beyond. Based at UCL. Chief Stargazer at @popastro

1.78  3/day

Astronomer, zookeeper and journalist, based at University of Oxford.

1.60  4/day
 Carolyn Porco

Planetary scientist, Cassini imaging lead, CICLOPS director, The Day The Earth Smiled founder. WE DID IT! Opinions are my own.

1.51  15/day
 Zita Martins

Astrobiology researcher; Science communicator; Royal Society University Research Fellow; BBC Expert Women

1.41  0.2/day
 Kirk Borne

PhD DataScientist Astrophysicist, Top #BigData Influencer. Passions: #DataScience, #DataMining, Astroinformatics, #CitizenScience
George Mason University

1.26  31/day
 Dr. Sengupta

Developing the Cold Atom Lab for the International Space Station. @NASA_JPL Engineer, Research Professor @USC & pilot.
Los Angeles

1.18  1/day
 David Grinspoon

Astrobiologist @librarycongress Senior Scientist at PSI. Leader: House Band of the Universe. Author “Lonely Planets” Columnist @SkyandTelescope. Sagan Medalist
Biosphere One

1.14  14/day
 Amedeo Balbi

Studio l’universo e ve lo racconto. Ultimo libro: Cercatori di meraviglia (Rizzoli)
Roma, Italy

1.03  1/day
 Prof. Chris Welch

Professor of Astronautics and Director Masters Programs at the International Space University, by day. Wearer of many other hats by day and night.
Strasbourg, France…

0.927  2/day
 Andrew Jaffe

Astrophysics, cosmology and more

0.920  0.5/day
 Ethan Siegel

The Universe is:
Expanding, cooling, and dark.
It starts with a bang! #Cosmology Science writer, astrophysicist, science communicator & NASA columnist.
Portland, OR…

0.897  4/day
 Pamela L. Gay

Communicating astronomy and life in academia 1 sidereal day at a time.
Edwardsville, IL

0.876  12/day
 Anthony Rushton

Marie Curie fellow – Interests:

Astronomy & astrophysics,

black holes,

neutron stars,

accretion and jets
University of Oxford…

0.875  0.2/day
 Colin Stuart

Science presenter, writer & author. Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer (my views). Books: Talks (incl schools)

0.846  0.7/day
 Paul Crowther

Jobbing Astrophysics Prof, mostly researching Monster Stars. Director of Teaching for @UoSPHY. Interested in UK science policy, esp. @STFC_Matters’s ups & downs
Peoples Republic of Sheffield

0.783  0.8/day
 Carolina Ödman

Proud mum working in science, development, technology, hacking (the good kind), photography, and hanging out in a state of happiness.
Planet Earth, most of the time

0.750  0.9/day
 Lucianne Walkowicz

astrophysicist. artist. transient bioelectrical phenomenon hurtling through space.
Chicago, IL, USA, Earth

0.730  3/day
 Chris North

Astrophysicist at Cardiff University, and UK Herschel Outreach Officer. All comments are my own.
Cardiff (normally)

0.724  2/day
 David W. Hogg

astronomy, inference, engineering,
New York City

0.678  3/day
 Amber Straughn

Arkansas farm girl & NASA astrophysicist. Pilot, yogini, homebrewer, Great Dane mom, @PearlJam junkie, Razorback football fan. Tweets are my own.
Washington, DC

0.675  6/day
 Jonathan McDowell

I’m an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, working on Chandra and quasars, and commenting on space launches and space activities.
Somerville, MA, USA

0.666  5/day
 Sarah Hörst

Planetary scientist, Titan evangelist, triathlete, pomeranian wrangler. Prone to #sciencedancing. Loves socks. Stridently anti-breakfast. My tweets are my own.
Baltimore, MD, USA

0.648  10/day
 Katie Mack

(a.k.a. Katherine J Mack) astrophysicist, occasional freelance science writer, connoisseur of airplane food
Melbourne, Australia, or not

0.634  46/day

Scientist. Space Explorer. Optimist. Space Man. Dad.

0.578  4/day
 Alyssa Goodman

Astronomy Professor at Harvard, figuring out how the Universe makes stars. Trying to make Astronomy more Seamless and STEM education more fun.

0.569  3/day
 Dr Brian Boyle

Project Director – Australia & New Zealand SKA project

0.545  2/day
 Sarah Milkovich

MRO HiRISE investigation scientist + 2020 Mars Rover science systems engineer. Previously on Curiosity, Cassini, Mars Phoenix operations. Opinions are my own.
Los Angeles, CA

0.461  3/day
 Caleb Scharf

Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University.

Blogs at Sci Am (#sciamblogs). Author of The Copernicus Complex (Fall 2014)
New York

0.455  3/day
 Robert Massey

Parent, Deputy Executive Secretary at the Royal Astronomical Society. For official comments see @royalastrosoc
Bristol (Southville) & London

0.424  2/day
 Alan Duffy

Part galaxy maker, part science communicator, all astronomer at Swinburne Uni.

0.416  14/day
 Andrew Pontzen

I do cosmology and piano. Employed by UCL, funded by the Royal Society. It’s not their fault when I talk nonsense, though.

0.409  2/day
 Catherine Q.

Astrophysicist, science communicator, over-thinker. One of @HuffPostscience Top 30 Physicists to follow. Autoimmune illness girl. Kiwi in US. Dogs rule.

0.387  23/day
 Franck Marchis

Planetary astronomer at the Carl Sagan Center of SETI Institute, I am a husband & a dad, passionate about space, environment & human rights. Tweets are my own.
San Francisco

0.374  5/day
 Nicole Gugliucci

Astronomer. Educator. Subtle as a Supernova. Post-Doc with the Most Rock at All opinions are my own. RT!=endorsement
Edwardsville, IL

0.369  19/day
 Brooke Simmons

Astronomer. First loves: galaxies and black holes. Go on: ask me anything.
Oxford, UK

0.364  2/day
 Jonathan Tedds

Astro, Health & Research Data Informatics. Senior Research Fellow, Uni of Leicester. PI #BRISSKit Editor-in-Chief @up_healthdata Chair Primary School Governors
Leicestershire, UK…

0.356  2/day
 Mario Livio

Astrophysicist, Space Telescope Science Institute. Author: The Golden Ratio, Is God a Mathematician?, Brilliant Blunders

0.353  8/day
 Alasdair Allan

Scientist, Author, Hacker, Tinkerer and Maker. Just another hacker, pretending to be an astronomer, pretending to be a hacker.
Exeter, UK

0.346  7/day
 Kristin Block

Spacecraft science, @HiRISE on #MRO. With my free hand, I play taiko & upright bass. (Looking for @Maven2Mars, headed to #Mars?) Opinions: MINE, ALL MINE!
Tucson, AZ

0.333  4/day

By day: just another transient astronomer. By night: samba drumming, rock climbing, public speaker, teacher and science advocate. Currently in Manchester.
Planet Earth

0.318  2/day
 Robert C. Tautz

Theoretical plasma astrophysicist studying cosmic rays, plasma instabilities, and general problems of mathematical and computational physics. Tweets are my own.

0.318  1/day
 Michele Bannister

Planetary astronomer, poet, fascinated by icy worlds. I hunt yesterday’s light. Postdoctoral fellow with @OSSOSurvey.
Victoria, BC ex: Canberra; NZ

0.317  6/day
 Alex Parker

Planetary astronomer at SwRI, investigating the origin and history of icy worlds at the edge of our solar system, and supporting NASA’s New Horizons mission.
Boulder, Colorado

0.285  12/day

Astrophysics PhD student, Communication Scientist

0.280  2/day
 Jen Gupta

@ICGPortsmouth Astrophysics Outreach Officer. Occasional @WinSciCentre planetarium-er. Former @jodcast-er. Active Galactic Nuclei were my first love.
Winchester, UK

0.278  3/day
 Andy Lawrence

Quasar fan, survey nut, and astrogeek. Regius Professor of Astronomy. You can call me Reg.
Auld Reekie

0.270  2/day
 Eli Bressert

Love big ideas and putting them into action by connecting the impossible. Data scientist at Stitch Fix.
San Francisco, CA

0.261  2/day
 Dr Sheila Kanani

@RoyalAstroSoc outreach officer, space(comedienne*educator*ambassador). Coke float drinking pocket rocket, planetary physics geek. Co-founder of @STEMMsisters.
LDN, Lytham, MCR (UK)

0.257  4/day
 Alberto Conti

Astrophysicist & Innovation Manager – – Tweets are my own not Northrop Grumman’s, at least in this universe.

0.255  4/day
 ★ amanda bauer ★

astrophysicist. science communicator. music creator. culinary enthusiast. willing.
sydney, australia

0.248  9/day
 Michael Merrifield

Professor of astronomy at the University of Nottingham, interested in most things astronomical, particularly galaxies, outreach and art.

0.236  8/day
 Haley Gomez

I’m an Astrophysicist, love books, films astronomy, shoes and dresses.

0.224  2/day
 Peter Edmonds

Work in public affairs for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Survived a PhD & postdocs in astrophysics. Interested in science & scicomm. Opinions are mine.

0.222  9/day
 Julianne Dalcanton

Astrophysicist at the University of Washington. Principal Investigator of the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT).

0.222  6/day
 Lewis Dartnell

Astrobiology research fellow, science communicator & book author | |

0.219  10/day
 Ryan Anderson

Planetary scientist. I shoot rocks on Mars with a laser. I also read, review, and write speculative fiction. All views expressed are my own.
Flagstaff, AZ

0.206  3/day
 Javier Armentia

Astrofísico, comunicador científico, escéptico, ateo, mala gente en general.

0.201  16/day
 Edward Gomez

Astronomer and web technology enthusiast. Been known to play the lute.
Within the error bars

0.200  4/day
 Sarah Kendrew

Astronomer, University of Oxford, UK. Occasional runner and triathlete.

0.197  10/day
 Karen Masters

Astronomer @ICGPortsmouth @PortsmouthUni. Project Scientist for @GalaxyZoo. Part of @MaNGAsurvey, @SDSSurveys. Parent of two young children.
Portsmouth, UK

0.170  9/day
 Prof. Abel Méndez

Planetary Scientist and Astrobiologist. Director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory @ UPR Arecibo. Studying habitable worlds in the universe.
Arecibo, Puerto Rico

0.167  29/day
 Tim O’Brien

Professor of Astrophysics & Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory, University of Manchester.

Watch the Skies!

0.127  14/day
 Meg Schwamb

Planetary scientist, astronomer, postdoctoral fellow at ASIAA, and member of the Planet Four & Planet Hunters science teams, Any opinions tweeted are my own.
Taipei, Taiwan

0.126  9/day
 Robert Rutledge

Physics Professor. Astrophysicist. Neutron Stars. Founder, Publisher of The Astronomer’s Telegram. @astronomerstel
Montreal, QC

0.125  6/day
 Alexander B Fry

Astronomy PhD student, science writer, all around raconteur. Thoughts randomly seeded on science, culture, art, philosophy, astrophysics.

0.103  1.0/day
 Leigh Fletcher

Planetary scientist, space enthusiast, Royal Society Research Fellow and new Dad based in Oxford and author of
Oxford, UK

0.103  1.0/day
 Rachana Bhatawdekar

Budding Astrophysicist, Coder, Badminton Player, Salsa Dancer, Daydreamer..
Earth, Orion Arm, MW, Laniakea

0.100  3/day
 Yvette Cendes

A Hungarian-American radio astronomy PhD student in Amsterdam. Only person on Earth who’s been to Everest Base Camp AND punched by a wild mountain gorilla.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

0.0970  3/day
 Bryan Gaensler

Astronomer, politics junkie, rugby league tragic, sci-fi connoisseur.
Sydney ⇢ Toronto (Jan 2015)

0.0959  33/day

Asteroid radar astronomer (小惑星レーダー天文学者), writer, sailor, @observatorycats herder. Wellesley/MIT/San Francisco/@AreciboRadar expat. @UALPL’er/@OSIRISREx’ian.
Tucson, Arizona

0.0892  31/day
 山田陽志郎 Yoshiro Yamada

東京と横浜の科学館で、長年天文を担当。その後、国立天文台天文情報センター勤務を経て、現在相模原市立博物館で天文担当の学芸員。ボランティアで人工衛星追跡PCソフト Orbitron の翻訳も。映画が好き。音楽メディアではSACDを愛好。近著(邦訳)に『地球接近天体』(地人書館)★面白いと感じた宇宙の話などをつぶやいてます

0.0832  7/day
 Stephen Serjeant

Astronomer at the Open University, roped into various OU/BBC things too. The views here do not necessarily blah blah.

0.0717  5/day
 Peter Coles

Theoretical astrophysicist (specialising in cosmology), as well as opera, jazz and crossword addict. Now with added beard. Tweets in a personal capacity.
Brighton, England

0.0664  22/day
 Matt Mechtley

Hubble Space Telescope user at Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Pythonista. Formerly: game dev, PowerGlove innovator, culture jammer

0.0597  4/day
 Summer Ash

Something like a phenomena, something like an astronoma. Caught between the Moon and New York City.
New York City

0.0454  40/day
 Gene Gordon

Chaotic, loud, energetic, fun-loving,28 year veteran physics teacher. National Board Certified,NASA MESSENGER & New Horizons Fellow. STANYS President-Elect
Honeoye Falls,NY

0.0395  7/day
 Jorge Diaz

Physicist playing with high-energy neutrinos, cosmic rays, and gamma rays during the day, and low-energy neutrons at night. Science communicator.
Heidelberg/Karlsruhe, Germany

0.0391  17/day
 Sarah Tuttle

Astrophysicist. Mom. Lunatic. Bionic Woman. Carrier Pigeon Feminist.
Austin, TX

0.0360  73/day
 Blaze ★ Angle

International astrophysicist of action and mystery!

0.0308  10/day

Space penguin juggling various science teachery things with occasional writing and outreach on my starry flippers. Loves astronomy, citizen science & feminism.
ra=144.437, dec=2.759

0.0026  59/day
 Kurtis Williams

Assistant professor at Texas A&M University – Commerce
Commerce, TX, USA

-0.0657  2/day
 Estelle Déau

Astrophysicist devoted to Saturn’s rings, disk dynamics, radiative transfer of planetary regolith. I (re)tweet about rings, moons, Saturn, & fun science papers.
Between Earth and Saturn…

-0.1447  0.8/day
 Meg Urry

Yale professor of physics, President of American Astronomical Society, likes supermassive black holes, teaching, writing, increasing diversity, ++my family
Yale University

Not tracked 3 mos ago Not tracked 3 mos ago
 Ángel López-Sánchez

Spanish Astrophysicist @ Australian Astronomical Observatory & Macquarie University.

Astronomía en español desde 2003 en
Sydney, Australia

Not tracked 3 mos ago Not tracked 3 mos ago
 Susan Niebur

Women make up half the bodies in the solar system — why not half the scientists?
Washington, D.C.

Too few tweets
(3 mos)
Too few tweets
(3 mos)
 Jill Tarter


chief cheerleader for SETI, setiQuest, and the Allen Telescope Array

Jack’s wife – Shana’s mom – Li Yao and Clara’s grandma
Earth in the Cosmos

Too few tweets
(3 mos)
Too few tweets
(3 mos)
 Stacie Powell

Olympic GB 10m Platform Diver Astrophysics PhD student at The University of Cambridge

Too few tweets
(3 mos)
Too few tweets
(3 mos)
 Sara Seager

Prof. Seager is an astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT. A pioneer in the vast world of exoplanets, she’s on a quest for the holy grail: another Earth.
Cambridge, MA

Too few tweets
(3 mos)
Too few tweets
(3 mos)

Jim is a Professor in the School of Earth & Space Exploration at ASU, an active planetary science researcher and author, and President of The Planetary Society.

Too few tweets
(3 mos)
Too few tweets
(3 mos)

20 thoughts on “Astronomers on Twitter

  1. Accretion Power in Astrotweeting – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  2. Twitter Profiles – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  3. If Tweeting Astronomers Were Planets… – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  4. Word clouds for the tweets of highly followed physicists, astronomers, and philosophers – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  5. Top tweets by discipline – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  6. Follower growth among popular astronomers on Twitter in 2013 Q3 – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  7. Followers vs. years on Twitter – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  8. Twitterviews – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  9. Physicists and astronomers ordered by followers-per-tweet – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  10. HepNames listing physicists’ Twitter feeds – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  11. Growth in 2013 for highly followed astronomers – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  12. Women among highly followed astronomers on Twitter – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  13. Composite profiles of highly followed philosophers, physicists, and astronomers on Twitter – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  14. Books for the budding natural philosopher by authors on Twitter – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  15. Charting physicists and astronomers who have over 5,000 Twitter followers – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  16. The faces of highly followed astronomers on Twitter – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  17. Astronomers on Twitter: analyses to date – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  18. Particle physicists and cosmologists on Twitter, per Sean Carroll – Lucretius, ver. 21c

  19. URLs of wisdom (end of March 2014) | Social in silico

  20. Follower growth among popular astronomers on Twitter in 2014 Q1 – Lucretius, ver. 21c

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