Derrick Pitts

For many, Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts is The Franklin Institute. Pitts teaches us to look up and wonder about what we see up there. His motto: “Eat, breathe, do science. Sleep later.”

  • He has made numerous television appearances, including shows such as The Colbert ReportThe Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Ed Show.
  • Co-host of a weekly radio discussion program called Skytalk on WHYY-FM.
  • Named fellow of The Wagner Free Institute of Science
  • On the Board of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, one of the nation’s leading astronomy advocate groups.