My newest Astrobites post is live!
This post was extra fun to write because the authors of the paper I covered work right down the hall from me in the University of Michigan Astronomy department! (No conflicts of interest though, my work has nothing to do with theirs.)
The authors compared a variety of observations of the Andromeda galaxy and its weirdly compact elliptical companion, M32, to results of simulations they had run. They found that M32 was likely much, MUCH bigger about 2 billion years ago, right before Andromeda consumed it. In fact, we now think that M32...
Yet another post for Astrobites!
This one is another interview of a keynote speaker at the upcoming American
Astronomical Society meeting in Denver, CO. I got to talk to Keivan Stassun
about his work studying exoplanets and about his inspiring work on
neurodiversity. He was such a fun person to talk to, and I hope you’ll check out
Another day, another new
over on Astrobites!
This was a different kind of piece than I’ve ever done before. Most things I’ve
written have been summaries – of a conference, of a paper, of something I
read. But this time, I got to interview the inspiring Debra Fischer, who is
trying to find new Earth-like planets around other stars. I had so much fun
talking to her!
Not only is she a successful #womaninSTEM, but her story is simply inspiring. Go
take a read!
I wrote a new post over on Astrobites that went live today!
As a woman in STEM, this one hits home. The paper I wrote about today took data from ten recent Canadian telescope proposal cycles. Essentially, if you want to use a telescope, you have to make your case and convince the Time Allocation Committee (TAC) that they should give you time over someone else. The authors of the paper I wrote about found large disparities in the number of successful proposals for men vs. women. They even further broke the data into faculty vs. non-faculty, senior...
My new post for Astrobites is now live!
This one was fun to write, partly because the naming of this phenomenon is one of my favorite stories. If you’ve ever seen the 2006 movie “Over the Hedge” you might remember the scene where the animals first encounter the big, scary hedge. To make it less scary, they name it Steve. Now fast-forward to 2016, when some amateur astronomers in northern Canada spotted a new, unknown type of aurora. For lack of a better name, they called it...