Govert Schilling

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Govert Schilling (born 30 November 1956) is a Dutch popular-science writer and amateur astronomer.


Schilling was born in Meerkerk. In 1982, he became the program leader at the former Zeiss Planetarium, Amsterdam.

From 1987 to 1998 he was also a part-time appointee as a program leader at the Artis Planetarium in Amsterdam.

He has extensively written for the Sky & Telescope magazine[1] and Science.[2]


The asteroid 10986 Govert is named after him.


He is the author of a number of bestselling books.[3]

He has frequently collaborated with Lars Lindberg Christensen.

  • Europe to the Stars: ESO's first 50 years of exploring the southern sky
  • Atlas of Astronomical Discoveries
  • Evolving Cosmos
  • Eyes on the Skies: 400 Years of Telescopic Discovery
  • The Hunt for Planet X: New Worlds and the Fate of Pluto
  • Flash!: The Hunt for the Biggest Explosions in the Universe
  • Ripples in Spacetime: Einstein, Gravitational Waves and the Future of Astronomy


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