TEO MOČNIKthe Stargazer| PhD in Astrophysics |
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California in Riverside since September 2018. I am working with Prof. Stephen Kane, analysing transiting exoplanets and stellar variability using the data provided by the TESS spacecraft and various ground-based telescopes. The acquaintance with astrophysics was established in the Old Continent: PhD at Keele University in England, MSc at The University of Manchester also in England, and BSc at The University of Ljubljana in my native Slovenia. Between the MSc and PhD studies, I gained a lot of observing experience while working as a student support astronomer at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes on La Palma in the Canary Islands. I am a keen stargazer and I have always enjoyed organising and participating in public stargazing events, giving observatory tours and chatting astronomy with the public.