People

Friends of Xingming Observatory are from all walks of life and reside throughout China. A few are now professional astronomers living overseas, though they have engaged with Xingming as young amateurs, but all of us have a love of stars in heart. In the follow you will find a brief introduction and a headshot of a few among us.

Note: traditionally, Chinese state their surnames first. Here we follow this convention unless otherwise specified.

Gao Xing (高兴)

Xing is a native of Ürümqi in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in China. He is the founder and manager of Xingming Observatory, and is a pioneer in amateur-led astronomical surveys in China. He has an asteroid named after him, (204710) Gaoxing. He has discovered 49 supernovae, 2 dwarf nova, 20 Extragalactic novae, 1 galactic nova, 3 comets , dozens variable stars , hundreds of asteroids (provisional name), and several independent discoveries. He is a three-time recipient of the Edgar Wilson Award given by the International Astronomical Union, and was awarded the 2017 Amateur Achievement Award by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in recognition of his achievements.

Ye Quanzhi (叶泉志)

Quanzhi was originally from Guangzhou. He is currently a research scientist at the University of Maryland. (10280) Yequanzhi is named after him. He co-discovered hundreds of asteroids as the Principal Investigator of the Lulin Sky Survey, and has recently led the solar system survey of the Zwicky Transient Facility. He is also the co-discoverer of comets C/2007 N3 (Lulin), C/2019 J2 (Palomar), C/2019 K4 (Ye), and P/2019 LM4 (Palomar).

Man-To Hui (许文韬; surname: Hui)

Man-To was originally from Guangzhou. He obtained his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hawaii. Man-To has discovered several sungrazing comets in the SOHO archive and asteroids in the NEAT archive.

Sun Guoyou (孙国佑)

Guoyou is a native of Wenzhou, Zhejiang. He is the co-administrator of the Popular Supernova Project. Guoyou has co-discovered C/2015 F5 (SWAN-Xingming) with Xing, and is credited with the first milky way nova discovery made in China, V5582 Sagittarii. He has discovered 1 comet, 1 milky way nova, 4 extragalactic novae, 8 supernovae, 1 dwarf nova, dozens variable stars, and several independent discoveries. He is the recipient of the 2015 Edgar Wilson Award.

Jin Zhangwei (金彰伟)

Zhangwei is a native of Ningbo, Zhejiang. Zhangwei co-administrates the Popular Supernova Project with Guoyou and others. Zhangwei co-discovered asteroid (257248) Chouchiehlun, named after the celebrated Taiwanese singer Jay Chou, with Tsai Yuan-Sheng of Taiwan. He has discovered 15 supernovae, 3 sungrazing comets in SOHO archive, and a few independent discoveries.

Xu Zhijian (徐智坚)

Zhijian, a native of Nanjing, Jiangsu, is a co-administrator of the Popular Supernova Project. He has discovered 14 supernovae, 3 extragalactic novae, and dozens variable stars. He has also participated the Purple Mountain Observatory surveys and discovered 56 supernovae there. He has discovered hundreds of sungrazing comets in SOHO and STEREO archive.

Ruan Jiangao (阮建高)

Jiangao is a native of Fangchenggang, Guangxi, and is a co-administrator of the Popular Supernova Project. He is the first Chinese amateur astronomer to discover extragalactic nova, and has discovered 4 extragalactic novae, 6 supernovae, an independent discovery, and a few dozens sungrazing comets in SOHO and STEREO archive.

Sun Peiyuan (孙霈源)

Peiyuan is a native of Tai’an, Shandong. He is a co-administrator of the Popular Supernova Project, and has discovered 3 supernovae, 1 extragalactic nova, and hundreds of sungrazing comets in SOHO archive.

Tan Hanjie (谭翰杰)

Hanjie is originally from Guangzhou, and is currently a graduate student at the National Central University. He is a co-administrator of the Popular Supernova Project, and has discovered 1 supernova and 1 extragalactic nova. He has discovered many more comets, asteroids, supernovae and planetary nebulae in data archives.

Wang Bin (王彬)

Bin currently resides in Shaoxing, Zhejiang. He is a co-administrator of the Popular Supernova Project and has discovered 3 supernovae, 1 extragalactic nova, and a few variable stars.

Zhang Mi (张宓)

Mi, a native of Shanghai, is a co-administrator of the Popular Supernova Project. He also leads Xingming Observatory Secretary Department and is responsible for the liaison, publicity and astronomical science popularization of the observatory. He has discovered 6 supernovae, 8 extragalactic novae, and a dozen variable stars.

Gao Wei (高伟)

Wei is a native of Nong’an, Jilin, and is a co-administrator of the Popular Supernova Project. He has discovered 6 supernovae and 2 extragalactic novae.

Ji Cheng (计成)

Cheng is a native of Beijing, and is a co-administrator of the Popular Supernova Project. He has discovered 1 supernova and 1 extragalactic nova.

Li Ang (李昂)

Ang is a native of Shenyang. He is a co-administrator of the Popular Supernova Project and has discovered 3 supernovae.

Liao Xi (廖熙)

Xi, a native of Hefei, Anhui, is a co-administrator of the Popular Supernova Project. He has discovered 3 supernovae.

Zhao Jingyuan (赵经远)

Jingyuan is a co-administrator of the Popular Supernova Project. He has discovered 4 supernovae and 1 extragalactic nova.