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Michael Wong

Michael H. Wong

(UC Berkeley/STScI)

Michael Wong received his undergraduate degree in astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. From there he went on to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, earning a Ph.D. (2001) in Atmospheric and Space Sciences. He served as a postdoc at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and is now an Assistant Researcher in the UC Berkeley Astronomy Department. Mike Wong is a Visiting Scientist at STScI with the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) team.

Wong's main science interests include clouds and cloud-forming gases in Jupiter's atmosphere, and the composition and origins of giant planets. He has worked at many professional observatories on the ground- including ESO's Very Large Telescope, the Keck Observatory in Hawaii,
and the NRAO's Very Large Array. He has also conducted research with space-based facilities such as Hubble, the Cassini Orbiter,
and the Galileo Probe.

His interests in astronomy were sparked at an early age. He recalls, "Childhood observing trips to a nearby state park with my dad stimulated me with problem-solving challenges that are part of even amateur astronomy with a 6-inch reflector. The need to monitor the weather and to drive out of the city in search of darkness tied astronomy in with my respect for and fascination with the natural world."

Mike's personal interests include an affection for the martial arts. He has a brown belt in Judo, having practiced for years at UC Berkeley, Ann Arbor, and the Prince George's Judo Club in Bowie, MD. He also enjoys DJ "spinning" (techno, shoegazer, house, and space-rock). While at Ann Arbor, he worked as a DJ at WCBN and hosted a radio segment called "The Protoplanetary Nebula (An Audio Interpretation of the Formation of the Solar System)." In 2006, Michael donated a kidney to a dear friend and classmate at UC Berkeley.


Christopher Go

Christopher Go

(Cebu, Philippines)

Christopher Go lives on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. He has been an amateur astronomer since 1986, the year of the return of Halley's Comet. He studied at the University of San Carlos where he received a BS in physics. While a student there, Chris and friends organized the University's first ever Astronomical Society.

Starting his amateur career with 10X40 binoculars, Chris Go would later own several different telescopes. He currently uses a Celestron C11 for planetary imaging.

Chris's main astronomical interests are planetary imaging, particularly of Jupiter and Saturn.

In February 2006, Chris Go discovered that the white spot Oval BA of Jupiter (later called Red Spot Jr.) had turned red. He joined planetary scientists Imke de Pater and Phil Marcus to observe Jupiter in the spring of 2006 with the Hubble Space Telescope. He was also involved with follow-up Hubble and Keck observations of Jupiter.

In 2008, he received the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers' prestigious Walter Haas Award.

Professionally, he is a businessman into furniture manufacturing. He is married to wife Vicky and has three children: Steven, Kathlyn and Frances.