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Your M87 Galaxy Images: Standouts of NASA's Astrophoto Challenges 2021

Live Chat October 21st, 2021

Join us to view the standout entries from NASA's Astrophoto Challenges 2021.

Biographies of Show Participants


A Los Angeles native, Phil is an alumnus of Yale University and The Groundlings Theater and perhaps is best known as one of the original cast members of MAD TV, as “Hermes” on FUTURAMA,  as "Marvin" in PULP FICTION, “Green Lantern” on JUSTICE LEAGUE and as the voice of SAMURAI JACK. For over 30 years Phil has thrilled audiences with his work on camera and behind the microphone on TV shows such as STATIC SHOCK, FAMILY GUY, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, the CW’s THE FLASH & SUPERGIRL, GET SHORTY, LUCIFER and VEEP; feature films like MADAGASCAR 2, INCREDIBLES 2, and THE LION KING (2019) and video games including FORTNITE, SHADOW OF MORDOR, and the INJUSTICE, METAL GEAR SOLID, and the MORTAL KOMBAT series.

ALYSSA PAGAN (Astronomer) 

Alyssa Pagan is a Science Visuals Developer who works for the Office of Public Outreach at Space Telescope Science Institute where she produces imagery from Hubble data and soon that of the James Webb Telescope.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in both Astronomy from the University of Maryland and in Art & Design from Towson University and immensely enjoys working in a position that relies on both art and science to expand our understanding of space!

ANGELO RICARTE (Astronomer) 

Dr. Angelo Ricarte is a post-doc working with Ramesh Narayan at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as well as the Black Hole Initiative.  He completed his Ph.D. in astronomy under Priya Natarajan at Yale University in 2019.  He is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in studying supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies, from event horizon to cosmological scales.  On cosmological scales, he uses semi-analytic models and cosmological simulations to study how supermassive black holes co-evolve with their host galaxies.  On event horizon scales, he works on polarized radiative transfer within the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration, which produced the first real resolved image of the supermassive black hole at the center of elliptical galaxy M87.