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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Finding the Sixth Planet Oct 12, 2017

Week of October 15-21, 2017 From the beginning of time till the year 1781, only five planets were known to wander the heavens. Then everything changed. The astronomical community was stunned when musical composer and amateur astronomer William Hersc... Read More

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Are We Alone? Oct 05, 2017

Week of October 8-14, 2017 Who among us has never gazed into a starry night sky and wondered, "Are we alone in the universe?" With the hundreds of billions of stars in just our own Milky Way galaxy — many similar to our own sun — is it n... Read More

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A Backyard Time Machine Sep 28, 2017

Week of October 1-7, 2017 Nothing in the heavens appears as it is. It really is quite an illusion we experience nightly. When folks learn the immense distances of the stars and how long their light requires to reach Earth, they wonder if astronomers... Read More