Join astrophysicist Joe Pesce in an AMA about the universe in our Forums!

Astrophysicist Joe Pesce of the National Science Foundation is taking your cosmic questions in's Forums!
Astrophysicist Joe Pesce of the National Science Foundation is taking your cosmic questions in's Forums! (Image credit: Joe Pesce)

Have a question about the universe? Well here's your chance to pick the brain of a real-life astrophysicist in an "ask me anything" with Joe Pesce of the National Science Foundation in our Forums

The AMA link is live here in our forums and Pesce is standing by for your questions. Pesce is an astrophysicist and program director at the National Science Foundation's directorate for mathematical and physical sciences, a division of astronomical sciences.

Pesce will tackle questions about astronomy from today, Tuesday, June 22, through the rest of the week, so keep logging in through Friday to see the discussion evolve. Some of Pesce's other interests include "Star Trek", interspecies communication, non-human intelligence, psychology, history, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and leadership.

Let's talk about space! (Image credit: Future)

His experience includes responsibilities at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, a fellowship at the Royal Astronomical Society, teaching part-time at George Mason University in Virginia and serving as a visiting professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

In a statement, Pesce said he is looking forward to chatting with readers about all things astronomy.

"I have a broad understanding of the field, but it's vast — one could even say 'astronomically' large — so I may need to get assistance with some questions," Pesce said. "There may be lots of questions I can’t answer, because I don't know — and maybe the answer isn’t yet known. That’s a fun part about astronomy — lots of unknowns still!"

Besides chatting with Pesce, the forums provide plenty of opportunities to talk about all things space — including topics such as historical aerospace, astrophysics and cosmology, stargazing, space tech, missions and rocket launches.

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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: