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Asa Stahl

Science Editor, The Planetary Society


Dr. Asa Stahl is an astrophysicist, award-winning children's book author, and science communicator. During his Ph.D. at Rice University, Asa worked to discover newborn planets around other stars in order to help clarify how worlds — including our own — come to be.

Asa began writing about space to share his curiosity. Throughout his Ph.D., Asa published two pop-astronomy children's books, was named a AAAS Mass Media Fellow, and contributed to outlets including Science News, Sky & Telescope, Google Arts & Culture, and the Houston Chronicle. His first children's book, "The Big Bang Book", is a Sakura Medal Finalist, NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book, ILA Nonfiction Honor book, and an Ezra Jack Keats Award nominee. His second book, "Picnic Planet: A Lunchtime Guide to Your Galaxy's Exoplanets", came out in 2023.

As The Planetary Society's Science Editor, Asa writes and produces accessible content that helps others engage with astronomy, space exploration, and all the ways The Planetary Society contributes to both. He is excited to further the mission of his role model, Carl Sagan, and aims to reshape society's relationship with space to be broader and more inclusive.

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Latest Articles

How to see the nova (“new star”) in Corona Borealis

A giant stellar explosion is going to be visible from Earth. Here's how to see it.

Earth’s quasi-moons, minimoons, and ghost moons

They may not be real moons, but they're worth exploring and studying.

At Eclipse-O-Rama, cosmic beauty and community

On a ranch in the Texas hill country, members of The Planetary Society gathered to marvel at the 2024 total solar eclipse as a community.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearances

The nova and the naming contest

RadioLab's Latif Nasser returns to Planetary Radio with a new public naming contest for a quasi-moon of Earth.

Syzygy science: Discoveries made during total solar eclipses

Planetary Radio marks its last show before the Apr. 8 total solar eclipse with a look back at discoveries made during totality.

Exploring solar eclipses through time

Ed Krupp, the director of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, shares insights from the fascinating field of archaeoastronomy.