Christopher Russell, Ph.D.

PRESS RELEASE from AAS Winter Meeting, Jan 10, 2018 --
See the 1.2M-view video!
(combined YouTube and Facebook view count)

I am an astrophysicist that constructs models, synthesizes observables, and turns the models into 360° videos.

After previous stints at NASA Goddard (USA), the University of Delaware (USA), and Hokkai-Gakuen University (Japan), I currently work in Santiago, Chile, at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile as a postdoctoral researcher.

Thanks for visiting my corner of cyberspace!

Press Release from AAS 231

Sponsored by NASA's Chandra X-ray Telescope, I presented my latest 360° video of the Galactic Center as a Press Release at AAS General Meeting 231 on January 10, 2018.

The video has been viewed over 1.2M times on 3 social media sites, and was written up by a number of news outlets.

Research & CV

I study the center of our galaxy through developing astrophysical simulations and comparing them to X-ray and infrared observations.

I also model colliding-wind binaries (two masive stars, such as eta Carinae) and gamma-ray binaries (compact object plus a massive star).

360° Videos of Astrophysical Simulations

360° videos provide immersive views of astrophysical simulations, particularly when viewed in virtual reality (VR) goggles. So far I've made videos of the Galactic Center, massive-star binaries, and one gamma-ray binary. The Galactic Center videos are by far the coolest, and the latest is being presented as a press release at the 231st Meeting of the AAS on January 10, 2018!

Get in touch

  • Email

    crussell AT udel DOT edu
  • Social

  • Address

    Instituto de Astrofísica
    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
    4860 Avenida Vicuña Mackenna
    Macul, 8970117
    Santiago, Chile