This is me with the family after the 2009 3M half marathon in Austin, TX.

(I’m wearing a medal because they gave one to everybody at the finish – not because I won anything!)

NEW: YouTube music videos:      Pi Acres” Suite (complete)     Performance of "Fantasia for Viola and Orchestra"    Choral Preludes for Organ    Song of the Night”(guitar solo performance)

I am an astrophysics professor in the Departmento de Física y Astronomía of the University of Valparaíso (UV), Chile.   If you want to learn about my research you can go to my astrophysics page at UV: or my old astrophysics home page at at the University of Texas   My wife, Barbara, and I have three children. We’re a pretty scientific family.  Barbara is a micropaleontologist by training (likes to look at little dead critters from millions of years ago).  Our eldest son is a sophomore honors computer science major in Texas, our middle son is will be an honors geosciences student in Texas next year, and our daughter wants to be a biological researcher (interested in critters that are still alive!).

I am also a composer of what is popularly called “classical” music.  If you are interested in my music go to (you can hear MP3s and download some PDF files of sample pages of sheet music) or click on the YouTube links above.  We sing and play music together a lot as a family.


             Runninglong distance (between 5 km and half marathons).   Our whole family runs.

             Dancing – I love American square and contra dancing (contras are my favorite) and English country dancing.  I’ve also done some Irish and Scottish country dancing.  Our family helped start the Lincoln Contra Dances.

             Telescope making – see here for some picture of telescope mirror making parties.

             Relationship between faith and science       – Modern Astronomy, the Bible, and Creation [web page link]

                                                                                    – Modern Astronomy, the Bible, and Creation [printable PDF file]

list of Bible verses about astronomy, the origin of the universe, etc. [PDF file]


 E-mail me: mgaskell [at]