Planetary scientist by day, astrophotographer by night, Connor Matherne spends his days studying Mars and impact craters on Earth at the Planetary Science Laboratory within Louisiana State University. During his free time, he works remotely with an observatory located in New Mexico in order to capture images showing the expansiveness of the night sky. You can find his work published in countless books, magazines, and websites in addition to being in the Royal Greenwich Observatory after being shortlisted as the Astronomy Photographer of the Year.

While his love for astronomy and photography are in constant battle, his true enjoyment comes from educating the public on the topics of space. You can find him giving public lectures on topics such as current discoveries on Mars, giving fun presentations on how astrophotography works, or volunteering with the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society to give public viewings through telescopes around the city.