Mike Shara

On a clear night, Mike Shara sees more than just the beautiful twinkling of stars when he gazes at the sky. Mike is an astrophysicist and studies stars' life cycles at the American Museum of Natural History. He often uses the Hubble Space Telescope and other large telescopes on Earth to make his observations.

Name: Michael Shara
Born: September 12, 1949
Hometown: Montreal, Canada
Position: Chairman and Curator, Department of Astrophysics
Education: Ph.D., Tel Aviv University
Known for: studies of stellar collisions and exploding stars

Image credits: courtesy of AMNH; Mike Shara: AMNH.