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About Me

About Me

While not studying, teaching, or doing research, I enjoy reading, photography, traveling, hiking, and observing the night sky with naked eyes or through my small telescope.

Alongside my academic career, I always wanted to share my passion for astronomy with others. I always think of astronomy as a gateway to introduce science to people, and show them how beautiful and useful science could be in their everyday lives. That's why in the fall of 2008, with the help of a team of four colleagues, I established the global project called "StarPeace", which aims to erase borderlines between countries in the sky by having neighboring countries hold public observation nights for locals simultaneously at the same time at two sides of the border. The goal is to promote Astronomy and peace amongst nations. Currently, more than thirty nations are members of StarPeace.

One of the main passions in my life is traveling. I have traveled to a lot of countries in Asia, Europe, and America. My biggest and the most adventurous travel was an expedition to Antarctica in 2007. It was an educational expedition offered by Students On Ice organization. This expedition changed my perspective toward our planet and helped me to have more respect for it.

Our ship breaking the Antarctic ocean in "Paradise Bay". Photo by Irene Shivaei