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    [–] Astronomer /u/Andromeda321 explains to a skeptical user that the universe is not expanding into anything, using a clear analogy Andromeda321 2 points ago in bestof

    Legit said Andromeda321. This was because I had described my research a few weeks before so this guy got all excited thinking his colleague was me... but when the colleague denied it, they realized I was the only other person in Astro who fit the bill.

    Yes, astronomy is that small a field!

    [–] Spiral Galaxy NGC 3370 [6746 × 6746] Andromeda321 2 points ago in spaceporn

    I always stare at the little background galaxies in these pictures more than the main one. The glimpse is just so tantalizing.

    [–] If they made a show called "White Mirror" that was about all the positive aspects of the human/technology relationship, what would be the plot of certain episodes? Andromeda321 1 points ago in AskReddit

    A few months ago, I was in a post office in small town New Hampshire. A man there was super excited because he was 73 years old and learned he had a brother in Florida by taking a DNA test and putting that info on one of those ancestry websites. That man had no children and thought he was an only child, but turns out his Florida brother has several kids and grandkids, and they were excitedly planning a trip to meet.

    So yeah, that.

    [–] Thomas Joel Bopp, the co-discoverer of Comet Hale-Bopp, died January 5, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona, from liver cancer. He was 68 years old. Andromeda321 1 points ago in space

    So, I was 11 when Hale-Bopp was in the evening sky- my dad pointed it out to us, and it was the year after Hyukatake, so I didn't know it was so unusual to have such a bright comet in the sky. What was particularly unusual about Hale-Bopp though was it was visible in the sky to the naked eye literally for over a year- the longest a comet was visible to the naked eye ever. So I spent 5th grade keeping an eye on Hale-Bopp- I remember it was so bright you could see it in a strip mall parking lot for example, and it was easy to keep track of because unlike stars and planets it was fuzzy. I definitely surprised my dad on at least one occasion by pointing it out, because he couldn't believe it was still visible.

    Anyway, two years after that I was frantically looking for a book to read on the school bus ride home in the library, and remember thinking about those early comet sightings, and decided to pick out one on astronomy. By the time I finished that book, I was determined to be an astronomer, and in fact I am now a professional astronomer today. So yeah, you really never know what will capture a kid's attention, and where it will lead them!

    RIP, Thomas Bopp. You indirectly made my universe a much more interesting one.

    [–] Astronomer /u/Andromeda321 explains to a skeptical user that the universe is not expanding into anything, using a clear analogy Andromeda321 3 points ago in bestof

    There is a theory out there that the universe is in fact donut shaped (or "three torus model" is the scientific term). In that case, if you started out straight in one direction, and kept going and going as straight as you could, eventually after billions or trillions of light years you'd end up back where you started!

    [–] Astronomer /u/Andromeda321 explains to a skeptical user that the universe is not expanding into anything, using a clear analogy Andromeda321 17 points ago in bestof

    Well I did once go to a conference about my research where during the reception someone randomly asked me "are you Andromeda321? I've been looking forward to meeting you for weeks!" So, conclude what you will.

    [–] What fact do you refuse to believe? Andromeda321 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Because the forces on the quantum level depend a lot on distances.

    [–] Amazon narrows list of candidates for new headquarters HQ2 to 20 - INCLUDING Toronto Andromeda321 74 points ago in toronto

    After living in Toronto a year, I'm pretty convinced all the negativity is just because so many people from Toronto are very negative about their city. There are so many amazing things about the city, but people complain about things that any major city usually has as a problem as if they're unique to Toronto and thus there are no redeeming features.

    [–] Cyberpunk evening in Seoul Andromeda321 1 points ago in travel

    Not business attire, but no bad clothing from what I can tell, ie no ripped jeans etc. Doesn't matter either way as I will be in Asia for a conference first, so can def look presentable.

    [–] What's a tiny thing that makes you happy? Andromeda321 13 points ago in AskReddit

    Halfway between new and first quarter. Just a little fat, still like what a kid draws, and really helps make a pretty sunset!

    [–] Question about lifestyle choices: parenting, academia Andromeda321 1 points ago in Parenting

    Just chiming in to suggest posting over at /r/LadiesofScience, someone may have good advice there.

    [–] Question about lifestyle choices: parenting, academia Andromeda321 3 points ago in Parenting

    She said postdoc in her original post, meaning she already has her PhD, and is likely going to need to do a second or even third postdoc until she gets a shot at a faculty position.

    [–] Every June there is 15 km race in the Gardens of the Château de Versailles. What are some other interesting races that are held in/around tourist attractions? Andromeda321 2 points ago in travel

    When my brother lived in Europe, he and his friends definitely did a few half marathons in different cities- I remember Budapest, Amsterdam, Rome, and Dublin. Most of these are cool because they take you right through the prettiest/ most iconic areas of the cities. Bro likes running, but said he was surprised at how much of the cities/attractions he didn't see because you're looking at your feet.

    I remember him saying the Rome one was a bit awful because they had to run on cobblestone roads for a good part of it.

    [–] What's a tiny thing that makes you happy? Andromeda321 202 points ago in AskReddit

    The moon. Whenever I look up at the moon I always get happy looking at its phase, admire how pretty it is, etc. I wonder if I’ll ever get tired staring at the moon- I hope not!

    [–] Cyberpunk evening in Seoul Andromeda321 1 points ago in travel

    For sure! Might do some research on if there are any good food tours in Seoul if I'm solo. I feel like it's likely a good city for it, as I haven't eaten much Korean food in my life.

    [–] Cyberpunk evening in Seoul Andromeda321 1 points ago in travel

    Wow, thanks for all the tips! Yeah, I really want to do a DMZ tour, just waiting to see if my boyfriend is going to join for this trip or not. He has to decide by the end of the month and I have two months from then (this will be Easter weekend), so should be plenty of time.

    Thanks for all the other tips! It'll likely be three full days, so maybe one day DMZ, one day palaces, one day museums. :)

    [–] What fact do you refuse to believe? Andromeda321 4 points ago in AskReddit

    It's not. But my first word as a baby was actually "night night," when my parents tucked me in. (I'd be quiet all day until then.) Conclude what you will. :)

    [–] Astronomer here! AMAA! Andromeda321 1 points ago in IAmA

    Most companies don't focus on astronomy work at all, as there's no money in it.

    The astro jobs I know of are listed at the first of every month on the job register. During the course of the year there are definitely listings for people with software engineering skills, working at observatories or building software pipelines.

    Beyond that, if not literally looking for a job, there are a ton of Zooniverse projects out there. Some are basic, but my understanding from scientists who work on them is you tend to have a core group of a few dozen people working on a given project, and there's definitely chances to do stuff there.

    Good luck!

    [–] At what point do you decide if a bad project is an unrealized investment, or a sunk cost? Andromeda321 1 points ago in LadiesofScience

    Yeah, I'm hoping we can do the discussion section thing- when thinking about the intended audience of this paper, it's really the users of the software who aren't in the nitty gritty details, and likely aren't even using my instrument, and telling them "hey, look, you probably need to check this in your own setup!" In case the resolution issue arguably does not matter as much? I hope that makes sense.

    I have a coauthor on the paper who was not a part of the previous group, and am currently consulting with him to see if we can get the solution on those lines. Because he is def emphatic as well that I really need this for my thesis.

    [–] What fact do you refuse to believe? Andromeda321 3 points ago in AskReddit

    It could, but if the current observations hold the universe will just keep expanding forever, and that's that.

    [–] What fact do you refuse to believe? Andromeda321 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Pretty much!

    There is no inside of the oven btw in the bread analogy. The bread is all there is.

    [–] What fact do you refuse to believe? Andromeda321 1 points ago in AskReddit

    No, because particle physicists know this isn't happening through their experiments.

    [–] Cyberpunk evening in Seoul Andromeda321 2 points ago in travel

    Cool! I’m probably going to Seoul at the end of March for a few days, after a conference wraps up. Any suggestions? Only thing I know I want to do is the DMZ tour, assuming the situation holds up.