About Me


Ryan Marciniak

The Short List: Astronomer, Science Communicator, Public Speaker, Entertainer, Entrepreneur, Ultimate Frisbee Lover, Bacon Enthusiast, Passable Guitarist and Vocalist, Occasional Chef, Redditor, Optimist, and Dropper of Wisdom.


As far back as I can remember, I’ve been interested in Space and especially the stars.  The first memory I have of Astronomy was in the 5th grade when I saw a solar eclipse from my school in Cookstown, Ontario.  I did an extra project on the eclipse for my class.  I don’t know many kids who volunteer to do extra work in school, but I enjoyed it.

As I grew up, the one certainty in my life was that I wanted to do something with Astronomy.  It was easy to go through high school and University because I was always sure of what I wanted to do.  Once I finished my Masters degree in Astronomy I knew that research was not the route I wanted to take.

Before I started my masters I had the opportunity to perform a travelling Science show with the McMaster University department of Engineering called the FIreball show.  I quickly discovered a passion for travelling around and entertaining students with the fun side of science.  Once my contract ended I knew I had to spend my life doing something similar.

I knew that I loved talking to people, teaching, working with kids, and educating the public when it came to Astronomy, but I had to find a way to do it that was exactly what I wanted, especially if I was setting myself up to do it for the next 30 years.

The result was to become an entrepreneur and create a company that could bring Astronomy to everyone.  That’s where Astronomy in Action was born.  I was able to find a way to bring students and teachers something they hadn’t seen, from a perspective they didn’t have, and make it fun and interesting.

My next goal is to take Astronomy in Action and make it bigger, with the goal of reaching a wider audience and communicating science.  So here I am, living the challenges of life through my company, blog, videos, podcasts, and the great adventures that define my life.

5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. jm

    Regarding your aurora post, note that although you’ll see aurorae more frequently as you go closer to the north magnetic pole, you’ll miss the best aurorae, because the more intense they are the farther away from it they come, and they’ll be too far south (more precisely, magnetically south) to be visible.

    Though I spent an entire winter on the Arctic ice at a research station, I’ve seen an aurora only once, a particularly intense and beautiful one about 50 years ago, when I was living in upstate NY and happened to look up after coming home from a concert on a clear night. The research station was just too close to the north magnetic pole for any aurorae to be visible (also, frequently cloudy, and fiercely cold when not).

    This site has good advice for aurora viewing: http://www.aurora-service.eu/aurora-school/best-place-to-see-the-northern-lights/

  2. diana karrandjas

    Again, congratulations on your speech at Toastmasters April. Your Bio is impressive however, as a vegan, I must ask you: when you say ‘bacon enthusiast’ are you referring to Francis Bacon or the product of those poor tortured animals from factory farms? Just wondering!

    1. Thanks for the kind words Diana. You are welcome to ask me that question as a vegan, or as anything else. I enjoy bacon as in the cured meat of the domestic pig, but am also an enthusiast of Sir Francis Bacon and his work in pioneering the scientific method.

  3. Victoria Whealy

    Hello Ryan, I taught someone with your name (although perhaps spelled differently) in grade 9 at Niagara District High School. It was English, and the Ryan I am thinking of – with his group (but he led it) – provided a heart wrenching tableau of the DIary of Anne Frank. I wonder if you are the same person? You look like you might be. If not sorry to bother you but I am glad to see the work you are doing.
    Ms. Whealy

    1. Thanks for reaching out! I doubt I am that Ryan as I grew up closer to Barrie. Still, I’m sure he would be happy to know his teacher is wishing him well and thinking of him.

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