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Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Nathan Hellner-Mestelman



Filmmaker, author, and highschool student Nathan Hellner-Mestelman, is making waves in the world of astronomy. An enthusiast since before he can remember, Nathan's passion for the cosmos has only grown over the years. His dedication extends beyond personal interest as he actively participates in outreach through the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) and The Cosmic Generation, a multinational astronomy group he co-founded. Nathan has also published insightful articles in *SkyNews Magazine* and *Sky’s Up Magazine*.

At such a young age, Nathan has already achieved remarkable success in film and literature. His 2022 documentary short, *Universe Versus You*, which he directed, wrote, and produced, received international acclaim at various film festivals. This month, Nathan makes his literary debut with *Cosmic Wonder: Our Place in the Epic Story of the Universe*, published by Linda Leith Publishing. This nonfiction young adult book takes readers on a journey through the creation and expansion of the universe, inviting them to share in its awe and mystery.

Nathan's fascination with astronomy began early. According to his mother, he was captivated by the moon as a toddler. By the age of five, he was enthralled by the vastness of the universe, sketching planetary scales and contemplating the insignificance of our world. His early exposure to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s *Cosmos* TV series and the works of Carl Sagan further fueled his passion. Joining the RASC and volunteering at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory provided him with a community of like-minded enthusiasts and invaluable insights into the professional lives of astronomers.

*Cosmic Wonder* was inspired by both global events and personal moments of awe. The book reflects Nathan's desire to encourage a broader perspective, beyond national borders and political conflicts, towards a more compassionate understanding of our place in the universe. Through extensive research, including delving into scientific papers and speaking with renowned scientists, Nathan has crafted a work that balances deep existential questions with humor and accessibility.

Nathan's perspective on life has been profoundly shaped by his engagement with the cosmos. He emphasizes kindness, forgiveness, and the importance of not taking life for granted. His book aims to instill a lasting curiosity in readers, challenging the notion that curiosity is reserved for children and encouraging a lifelong sense of wonder about the universe.

In his future pursuits, Nathan hopes to see advancements in theoretical and practical science, such as the synthesis of exotic matter and the viability of nuclear fusion as a clean energy source. He continues to volunteer at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and eagerly anticipates the upcoming summer Star Parties for public stargazing.

Nathan Hellner-Mestelman’s journey is a testament to the power of curiosity and the profound impact of viewing the world through the lens of the cosmos. Through *Cosmic Wonder*, he invites readers to explore the epic story of the universe and to find their own sense of meaning and wonder within it. His goal is to become a science ambassador for spaceflight and astronomy, inspiring others to look up and dream big.


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