Dr Andrew Newsam is a Reader in Astronomy Education at the Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, where he specialises in turning sets of astronomical data into a collection of useful numbers that can be used to do science with. He is also Director of the National Schools Observatory, a project aimed at giving school children the opportunity to make their own observations alongside professional astronomers on top-quality telescopes. The universe is a dynamic, ever-changing place full of extremes. From Black Holes to asteroids, massive stars to elusive distant planets, every part of the universe poses its own questions. But how are astronomers trying to answer those questions?