About Dennis Mammana

Dennis Mammana

Dennis Mammana

For more than three decades, Dennis Mammana has shared the wonder and mystery of the cosmos with audiences around the world. With a B.A. in physics from Otterbein College and an M.S. in astronomy from Vanderbilt University, Mammana has held positions at the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum, the University of Arizona, and San Diego's Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. He now works as an astronomy writer, lecturer and photographer from under the clear dark skies of Southern California's Anza-Borrego Desert. Mammana is the author of six books on astronomy, hundreds of popular magazine and encyclopedia articles and, since 1992, has written "Stargazers," the only nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column on astronomy.

As an accomplished night-sky photographer, his stunning images have appeared in a variety of media and international exhibitions, and can be enjoyed at his website, www.dennismammana.com. He is an invited member of TWAN — The World At Night — an international team of the world's most highly acclaimed sky photographers.

A dynamic public speaker, Mammana has entertained and informed audiences on six continents at resorts, on cruise ships and as an after-dinner speaker, and leads public tours to view and photograph such celestial displays as the aurora borealis and total solar eclipses. He makes frequent appearances on both radio and television.

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Which Astronomy Books Are Best? Dec 13, 2018

Week of Dec. 16-22, 2018 One of the most common questions I get around the holiday gift-giving season is this: "Which is the best book to buy for someone just getting started in stargazing?" I wish it were that easy, and the fact is, I have no answe... Read More

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A Comet Cometh Dec 06, 2018

Week of Dec. 9-15, 2018 Not many know the name Carl Alvar Wirtanen, but in December many stargazers will be saying it. On Jan. 15, 1948, he discovered a faint comet that has become bright enough to see with binoculars — and maybe even bright en... Read More

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The Falling Stars of December Nov 29, 2018

Week of Dec. 2-8, 2018 They can rain from the sky like fire, and we call them shooting or falling stars. Astronomers know them as meteors, and if you've never seen one, mid-December will be a great time to get out to a dark location and peer skyward.... Read More