David A. Aguilar

Space Artist - Astro Author - Expert Speaker

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. 

He had us on the edge of our seats during his presentation, ready to suit up and blast off!
David Aguilar

David A. Aguilar is an internationally recognized astronomer and author of astronomy-themed non-fiction books designed for space learners of all ages. His expertise lies in showing us the fascinating connections between the universe, nature, and ourselves. He has the spirited ability to open minds to his exciting views of space and its wondrous worlds of discovery.

From television appearances to publicizing the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s New Horizons Missions to authoring and illustrating award-winning space science books, he has shown a lifelong commitment to being on the leading edge of our knowledge about the universe. In 2010 Asteroid 1990DA was designated by the International Astronomical Union to honor his exceptional science education outreach efforts.


The award-winning “7 Wonders of the Solar System” is the second book in a 3-books series published by Penguin Random House Books, and his 10th book on astronomy. “7 Wonders” has been named “2017 TOP PICK FOR TEENS & KIDS” by the New York Public Library; "OUTSTANDING SCIENCE TRADE BOOK FOR STUDENTS” by the National Science Teachers Assoc (NSTA) and "2018 NONFICTION GEM" by the Texas Library Association. Newly released "7 Wonders of the Milky Way" and the upcoming “LUNA: The Science and Stories of the Moon” complete this bibliography of space science books.

TELEVISION and RADIO CREDITS see also IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7950342/

  • 2018-19, Space Artist and Onscreen Contributor on “Cosmic Front” for NHK Japanese National Television Corp.

  • 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 the former Director of Science Information at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. He left Harvard in 2015 to join NASA’s New Horizons Mission special media team on the historic Pluto Flyby Mission

He is a Smithsonian Science Lecturer and Harvard World Tours Expert Study leader, and  has crafted astronomy experiences across the globe from Kazakhstan to Easter Island, to Antarctica, including:

Earth & Sky: Astronomy in 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;  Exploring the Emerald British Isles;  Treasures of Mystical India;  & Astronomy in Arizona; Black Sea on the Island Sky; Baja California and the Sea of Cortez; Grand Tour of Australia & New Zealand; Regent Seven Seas, Crystal Cruise Lines, THE WORLD voyages.

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".





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