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News: September 2007

 MIke was recently presented with an award for “Outstanding Faculty Achievement”, at Suffolk County College. The award, presented by the President of the college, Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins, and one of only six awarded this year, is in recognition of the work Mike has done, both in Public Outreach and in Teaching.

College President, Mike,  Dean of Ammerman Campus

Mike continues to organize public lectures and observing nights at the college, as well as lecturing to the public the length and breadth of Long Island, and even further afield. He is also responsible for several new initiatives at the college, including the Real-Time Solar Imaging Observatory, the Space Weather Monitor radio telescope, and the Radio Jove telescope, to name just a few.
Latest News: May 2008
Mike has been getting some great reviews for his latest book “Astrophysics is Easy”. 

"Inglis … offers a handy, useful resource both for amateur astronomers and colleges with small student-oriented observatories. It will be useful for introductory astronomy courses that include some observations. … Many different kinds of stars are discussed with the appropriate physics. In addition, Inglis treats topics such as different kinds of galaxies, gravitational lensing, and Hubble’s Law, all done using mathematics no more sophisticated than arithmetic. For all good college libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates; two-year technical program students." (K. L. Schick, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (6), 2008).

"Inglis begins by discussing all the fundamental tools of the trade and then moves on to the astrophysics of the interstellar medium, stars, and finally galaxies. The text’s tone is friendly and conversational, and the author sprinkles in his own anecdotal experiences. The book is generously illustrated with black-and-white figures and a few color photographs. … Astrophysics Is Easy! is a must for any amateur astronomer who desires to learn more about the science of astronomy … ." (Jennifer Birriel, Sky and Telescope, May, 2008)
Latest News: October 2008

Mike has a new article published this month in the astronomy journal, “Popular Astronomy”. Titled, ‘The Pleiades: A Winter Delight”. It discusses one of the most famous star clusters in the night Sky - The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters!
Latest News: September 2008
Mike and rocks from the Moon!

Mike had the opportunity to meet Dr Tony Irving, one of the world’s leading experts on meteorites and moon rock, and even managed to actually hold some rock from the Moon. Amazing!
Latest News: November 2008
Mike’s latest book, “Astrophysics is Easy” has just been published in Italy, and in Italian!
Latest News: February 2009
Last Autumn, Mike applied to NASA to take part in their IYA 2009 celebrations, and the result...

A spectacular unveiling event took place on February 20, 2009 at 7:00 PM at SCCC’s Smithtown Science Building (Room 109) when two new mural-sized images taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Chandra X-ray Observatory were unveiled to the public by Mike.
After the unveiling a presentation was delivered by Mike, titled “The Life and Legacy of Galileo”.
Latest News: February 2009
MIke has been appointed Astronomy Programs Co-ordinator at SCCC. He now has responsibility for all the astronomy telescope projects and outreach activities. 
Current projects include:
The MARIACHI cosmic-ray array.
The MARIACHI meteor radio telescope.
The Remote Solar Telescope.
The Space Weather telescope.
The Radio Jove radio telescope.
The Robotic Telescope,
and the forthcoming “Stars For Schools” Initiative.
Latest News: March 2009
Mike was selected to present the keynote address at the Suffolk Section of the Spring into Science Conference presented by of the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS) and Center for Science and Mathematics Education at Stony Brook (CESAME). 
Mike delivered a presentation - “Saturn – 400 Years of Discovery” that focused on the rich history of Saturn.
Latest News: April 2009
Mike has been accepted for membership of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. 
The Royal Institution is dedicated to connecting people with the world of science by discovery, innovation, inspiration and imagination. It is also a research establishment, where research has been undertaken for 200 years!
Latest News: June 2009
Mike was one of the speakers at the prestigious Astronomical League Convention and Exposition for 2009 (ALCON 2009) on August 7th. 

The main event, ALCON 2009, included speakers on diverse astronomical subjects, and there will be a special schedule of Astrophotography talks. 
Mike gave a presentation on the MARIACHI project.
Latest News: September 2009
Mike has initiated a new observing project, entitled “The Faintest Objects Visible To The Naked Eye”. 

The projects’ premise is simple - to identify and catalogue the faintest astronomical objects that can be observed, under the right conditions, by using the naked-eye and with NO telescopes!

The project has been publicized by all of the world’s major astronomy magazines, such as Sky & Telescope, Sky at Night, and Astronomy Now, as well as world renown astronomical societies such as The British Astronomical Association, The Webb Deep-Sky Society and the Society for Popular Astronomy.
Further details can be found on the website, by clicking here -
Latest News: October 2009
Mike gave a public lecture at SCCC to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the college.
The lecture, entitled  “50 Years of Astronomy”, described the many advances astronomy has seen over the past 50 years and how our understanding of our universe has increased beyond all expectations.
Latest News: January 2010
Mike is just about to sign a contract with the science publisher Springer, to write a new edition of his book “A Field Guide To Deep-Sky Objects”. The book will contain several new chapters as well as updated information.
Latest News: February 2010
Mike has a new article published in “Practical Astronomy” magazine. It deals with his new world-wide survey on the faintest objects visible to the naked eye.

Click on the photo above to go to the magazine website.
Latest News: April 2010
Mike has a new article published in “Practical Astronomy” magazine. It discusses naked-eye globular clusters.
Latest News: October 2010
Mike has a new article published in “Popular Astronomy” magazine. It discusses objects that present an observing challenge due to they faintness.
Latest News: December 2010
Mike has just signed a contract for his seventh book - “A Pocket Field Guide To Star Clusters”. It is the first book in a  proposed series of three.
Latest News: January 2011
Mike has a new article published in “Practical Astronomy” magazine.
    Latest News: June 2011
Mike represented the College at an event hosted by the World Science Festival, in New York. Using a selection of college telescopes he was able to show  a substantial crowd of people the ringed planet Saturn!

Photo by MIke across the East river to Manhatten.
    Latest News: June 2011
Mike has finished providing voice-overs for a film that highlights the benefits of observing from the eastern part of Long Island, due to its dark-sky policy. 
He also had a brief appearance in the film discussing what can be seen with the naked-eye throughout the year.
    Latest News: August 2011
Mike has just been granted “Permanent Resident”  status, and received his “Green Card”. 
In order to achieve this, he has been recognized as an “ Outstanding Professor who is internationally recognized in a scholarly field”, by the Departments of Immigration and Homeland Security. 
To be recognized internationally as an Outstanding Researcher or Professor in one’s field requires the following types of evidence:
Receipt of major prizes or awards for outstanding achievement.
Membership in associations which require outstanding achievements of their members.
Published material in professional publications written by others about the person’s work (more than merely citing the person’s work).
Participation as a judge (individually or as a part of a panel) evaluating the work of others.
Original scientific, scholarly, or artistic contributions in the field.
Evidence of authorship of scholarly books/articles in journals with an international circulation.

    Latest News: August 2011
Mike has given several interviews for both BBC television and BBC radio, about Hurricane Irene, and his plans on coping with it...
    “...lots of tea and Jammy Dodgers (an english delicacy), and a rapid retreat from Patchogue, if necessary!”

    Latest News: October 2011
Mike has been chosen as a “Featured Author” by the publishers Springer, and as such was filmed at their New York headquarters, discussing his books and experiences as an astronomer. The film will be shown at book fairs and conferences worldwide as well as being on the Springer website.
    Latest News: November 2011
Mike has been made a Series Editor for a prestigious new range of textbooks ‘Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics” He is responsible for the astronomy & astrophysics books in the series. The books will be published by well known science publisher, Springer.
    Latest News: January 2012
Mike has been granted a sabbatical for Spring 2013. During these months he will be very busy writing a series of laboratory experiments, preparing a 2nd edition of his very successful book - Astrophysics Is Easy, and spending a substantial amount of time at the Centre For Astrophysical Research,  the University of Hertfordshire, Great Britain.
    Latest News: November 2011
Mike’s latest book - Field Guide To Deep Sky Objects - has just been published. According to the publishers website, (the book) back, bigger and better than before!
    Latest News: June 2012
Mike has been invited to present a talk at the pharmaceuticals consulting company BioThema, in Stockholm, Sweden in the Spring of 2013. The company has a very impressive outreach program for its employees, and apparently Mike’s books are well-known in Sweden, hence the invitation.
    Latest News: April 2012
Mike has been invited to present a lecture at the 2012 NYAA conference to be held in Toronto, Canada, in August 2012. At the conference, one of the largest of its kind in the USA, Mike will discuss the initial results of his research project on the faintest objects visible to the naked-eye.
    Latest News: June 2012
Using just an iPhone placed at the eyepiece of a telescope, Mike was able to observe and photograph the transit of Venus, from the roof of the science building at college during a five-minute window of clear sky on June 5.  It was even good enough to be shown on the BBC News website - click here!
    Latest News: September 2012

On a stormy night in the Hamptons, Mike appeared on stage alongside Pulitzer Prize nominee Dava Sobel, reading out several scenes from her stage play “And The Sun Stood Still”, that deals with Copernicus’s lifelong quest to show that the Earth was not the centre of the Solar System. Dava, the author of several award-winning books such as “Galileo’s Daughter”, “Longitude”, and “The Planets”, was reading the part of Rheticus, the sole pupil of Copernicus. Mike was playing the great man himself - Copernicus!
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