Profiles of Astronomers: Eric Agol

We finally have our first faculty member! Dr. Eric Agol, man of many talents!

Who are you and where are you from?

Eric Agol, from California

 

How did you become interested in Astronomy?

I had a summer job working on the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite data with George Smoot’s group after graduating from UC Berkeley. The profound discovery of the fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background is what got me interested in astronomy.

 

If you’re an astronomer, what do you study?

Exoplanets.

 

What’s the coolest thing (not literal) in the Universe?

That we can see (with telescopes) photons created in the Big Bang (which may be literal as well).

 

What’s the coolest thing outside of your field?

Robotic cars (you will text & drive to your heart’s content).

 

What’s your favorite non-astronomy hobby?

Beach volleyball – although I haven’t played in years!

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