Hello! This is the webpage of James O’Donoghue. Here you will find out academic information, pretty pictures and contact details. Sometimes I even bother to update this!

I am currently a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. I am a planetary scientist and my work involves Earth-based astronomy of gas giant planets using ground-based observatories (like those pictured below).

Slightly more specifically, I observe the upper atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn, and am on my way to combining Jupiter data from the Keck telescope with Juno spacecraft data, to see exactly how the solar wind affects Jupiter’s aurora (if it does at all!). Generally speaking, I am interested in aurorae, Saturn’s “ring rain” and the atmosphere above Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, which appears to be rather hot! Please take a look at publications and research for some more insights.