I am an astronomer working for the citizen science project called CosmoQuest. My graduate work was on building a low-frequency radio telescope to detect hydrogen from the early universe. I enjoy all kinds of outreach, especially helping kids explore the world around them. I'm skeptically curious about all things.
After carrying out a vast survey using data from multiple observatories, astronomers think they've found the 'missing link' for the earliest compact galaxies. Continue reading →
The peanut-shaped asteroid that the Japanese Hyabusa mission visited in 2005 appears to be two asteroids that merged to form Itokawa's weird form.
Sometimes it really does take the most sensitive telescopes in the world to find what was in front of us all along. Continue reading →
For the first time, a thin filament of intergalactic gas from the "cosmic web" has been directly seen using one of the largest telescopes on Earth. Continue reading →
A Type 1a supernova has been spotted in our galactic back yard inside M84, a galaxy only 12 million light-years from the Milky Way. Continue reading →
Astronomers have spotted a distant galaxy that existed in the very early Universe -- but far from it being a strange-looking galaxy, it actually looks strangely familiar. Continue reading →
Dust. It's a nuisance. It's dirty. It makes you have to clean your house. And without it, we wouldn't even be here. That's why astronomers are so happy to find a whole lot of dust with a state-of-the-art radio telescope. Continue reading →
Too often, the term paradigm-shift is used in science reporting for things that, really, aren't much of a shift in our thinking at all -- but this black hole discovery could be THE paradigm shift we've all been waiting for.
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