Thanassis Akylas

🚀 Thanassis Akylas is a senior scientist in the National Observatory of Athens ( Εθνικόν Αστεροσκοπείον Αθηνών ) in Greece. He is a tutor and instructor in the #AHEAD2020 training activities that include Cross-correlation techniques between X-ray and optical data, source detection techniques and automated spectral extraction for XMM-Newton Satellite and Chandra X-ray Observatory , automated spectral fitting (in #XSPEC) using standard minimization methods and #Bayesian techniques.

How do you describe your journey in astronomy so far?
📣 It is an #Odyssey, where the journey counts, not the destination. Ithaca is still far away but the journey most fascinating than ever.

Why did you choose to study #astrophysics?
📣 It was the result of the interaction of some inspiring people with my personal sense of #romanticism.

Do you have a favorite scientific #theory?
📣 The Event Horizon Telescope (@ehtelescope) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based #radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. #EHT researchers have succeeded in producing the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. The image reveals the #blackhole at the centre of #Messier87, a massive #galaxy in the nearby #Virgo galaxy cluster.

Why is AHEAD2020 important to you?
📣 AHEAD2020 activities provide the opportunity to collaborate and interact with students and scientists from different countries and transform national efforts in high-energy astrophysics to a stronger network.

What is the best word describing #astronomy?