David A. Aguilar

Space Artist - Award-Winning Author - Expert Astronomy 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. 


Mad Art Lab:  Art of the Gaps 2: Extraterrestrial Life?

David Aguilar is an astrophysicist/artist with a passion for public outreach. He’s funneled all of these skills into several National Geographic popular science books of a kind that are like crack for curious kids. His book, ALIEN WORLDS: YOUR GUIDE TO EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE, required a huge amount of research and speculation about the types of life that might be living on a wide variety of alien worlds. The research led to 3-D mock ups of organisms and lavish renderings of life forms set within their distinct alien environments. A teacher could easily develop an exciting multidisciplinary lesson plan with project from this book and video. (I would include a short but valuable lesson of skeptical research into this eminent scientist’s claim about memory transference in cannibal planaria.)




“Alien Worlds” interview on NPR's Here & Now
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“Alien Worlds” on the Harvard Channel


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