At the Very Large Telescope during #MeetESO in Chile, May 2016

The universe, as far as we can observe it, is a wonderful and immense engine.”
George Santayana (1863-1952), writer and philosopher.

Welcome to astroengine.com. I’m Ian O’Neill and I have a passion for the vast unknown beyond our planet’s atmosphere. It is my hope to share this passion with you through this website and keep you up to date with my work.

Speaking at the Convergence meeting at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Ontario, in 2015 (Perimeter)

For over a decade I have been working as senior producer, science writer and editor for Discovery News and Seeker.com, space blogger for Universe Today and have collaborated with many online and TV channels including Discovery Channel, Al Jazeera and Science Channel. I am now editor of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific‘s Mercury Magazine and a freelance science writer for HowStuffWorks.com, Space.com and others. I hold a Ph.D in solar physics and a Masters in astrophysics.

Speaking at the International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA) Seminar in Ottawa, Canada, on Nov. 8, 2017. Credit: DAVE CHAN/ICFA/TRIUMF

For examples of a few of the outlets I’ve appeared on/in, see my “In the Media” page.

If you have any problems with this site or have a story you think I might be interested in, please contact me.

Space exploration is an adventure; it’s my job to chronicle our journey.

Ad Astra. 


Speaking at the 7x24 Exchange
Speaking at the 7×24 Exchange “Leadership” conference in Orlando, Fla., on June 11, 2012. Photo credit: Joseph Rodriguez/www.proimagesphoto.com

All content on astroengine.com is copyrighted to Ian O’Neill unless otherwise stated. Blog images are copyrighted to their respective owners and credited accordingly. All views, opinions and interpretations are my own and in no way affiliated with the original research being reviewed. Any mistakes, misinterpretations or typos are my responsibility and no one else’s.

15 thoughts on “About”

  1. Just wanted to say that I was the photographer that contributed the photo for you when we met at Orlando, FL. I still am the photographer for 7×24 so maybe we will run into each other again down the road. Great site. Wish you the best!

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