Born in Belarus, Yuri now lives in Chile, where he works as an astronomer at Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory located in the South of Atacama desert. During his spare time, he sets up a DSLR camera on a tripod and take images of the night sky, wide-field panoramas of the Milky Way, and other natural phenomena. Yuri has been an enthusiastic stargazer since childhood. With the rapid development of digital imaging technology, he discovered a passion for astrophotography, and nightscape photography in particular. Images obtained by Yuri have been featured on popular websites, TV, in press releases, and in various books and magazines. He continually shares his passions for astronomy and astrophotography with people around the world.