David A. Aguilar

Author, Artist & Enrichment Lecturer

David A. Aguilar is a naturalist, astronomer, author and space artist. His expertise lies in presenting the fascinating connections between the universe and ourselves.

He is the award-winning author and illustrator of seven National Geographic books including "ALIEN WORLDS";  "13 PLANETS";  and "SPACE ENCYCLOPEDIA". His next book, "COSMIC CATASTROPHES" will be published by Random House in June 2016. 

David Aguilar

DAVID A. AGUILAR is the past Director of Science Information and Public Outreach at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. A naturalist, astronomer, author and space artist, David's expertise lies in his enlightening ability to communicate the connections within the sciences. He is past Director of Fiske Planetarium and Science Center and founder of the Science Discovery Program at University of Colorado Boulder; past Marketing Communications Director at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation where he was member of the Hubble Space Telescope repair team; & past Marketing Director for PBS’s Emmy-winning 7-part NOVA series, Evolution. While at Harvard he hosted the popular Observatory Nights’ series, “Everything I Know About Science – I Learned At The Movies!”

In 2015, he directed NASA’s New Horizons Mission special media team on the historic Pluto Flyby Mission.  

He is author and illustrator of seven National Geographic and three Random House space science books on astronomy. In June 2017 Random House released this year's stellar adventure, "7 Wonders of the Solar System"  - detailing a wondrous celestial journey through our own solar system. His next book, " 7 Wonders of the Milky Way" is set for release in Fall 2018.


  • Onscreen Contributor & Space Artist on the History Channel's "UNIVERSE" series - "Alien Faces" and "Alien Worlds" episodes.
  • Contributor, Science Channel's "UFO Hunters".
  • Frequent Onscreen Contributor and Content Development season(s) 2015-2017, Science Channel's "NASA’s Unexplained Files".
  • Radio credits include the BBC, and NPR's Here and Now.


  • NASA/JPL, Smithsonian, BBC, History Channel, Weather Channel, ABC Nightly News, CBS, NBC, CNN, NY Times, USA Today, National Geographic, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, Scientific American, Nature, Time magazine, US News & World Report, and Space.com.

He is a Premier Smithsonian enrichment lecturer and Harvard Alumni Travels study leader. Past study tours include: Astronomy from the Chilean Andes, Astronomy of Hawaii, The Underwater Worlds of Tahiti and French Polynesia, Exploring the Amazon, African Safari, Discovering Alaska, Iceland – Land of Ice and Fire, Mysteries of Machu Picchu and Easter Island, Voyage to Antarctica, Inside the Russian Space Program–a journey to Kazakhstan for the launch of cosmonauts to the International Space Station, In The Footsteps of Galileo, Around the World by Private Jet, Iceland – Aurora Expedition, Exploring the Emerald British Isles, Treasures of Mystical India, and Arizona Astronomy.

He has the added distinction of being a 2008 Grammy nominated song writer and musician along with his former band on “Love is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970".

In 2010, ASTEROID 1990DA was named in honor of his exceptional science education outreach efforts. Today, David and Astrid reside under very starry skies outside of Aspen, CO.


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