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    [–] Why did the U.S. just revoke Putin critic Bill Browder's visa? Andromeda321 1 points ago in politics

    Yeah, I went to a talk he gave once. SO much security visibly present, and likely some plainclothes people as well.

    [–] This guy really couldn't accept that Andromeda is a well-known woman in mythology... Andromeda321 7 points ago in Andromeda321

    In my experience, you'd be amazed at how few people know how to Google. I base this off the fact that the reason I usually put Wikipedia links in my posts is because if I don't, about half the new comments in my inbox are "where can I find more information on X?"

    [–] Looking back at your life today, which seemingly minor life event probably steered you towards a path that shaped who you are today? Andromeda321 2 points ago in AskReddit

    Cheers! And btw, I get asked a lot about how to be an astronomer, so I wrote up a post here on the topic you might be interested in if you haven't seen it. Check it out, and let me know if you have any questions!

    [–] Looking back at your life today, which seemingly minor life event probably steered you towards a path that shaped who you are today? Andromeda321 1 points ago in AskReddit

    I do radio astronomy, so use telescopes that study radio frequencies instead of optical light. Currently I'm studying radio noise from Supernova 1987A, a star that exploded 30 years ago.

    Btw I get asked pretty often about how to be an astronomer, so I wrote up a post here here on how to be an astronomer. Check it out, and let me know if you have further questions!

    Cheers!

    [–] Looking back at your life today, which seemingly minor life event probably steered you towards a path that shaped who you are today? Andromeda321 1 points ago in AskReddit

    I get this question a lot, actually, and I wrote up a post here on how to be an astronomer. Check it out.

    Short answer though, you're going to have to go back to school if you want to be an astronomer.

    [–] What is something you regret not doing when you were young? Andromeda321 18 points ago in AskReddit

    Yes. My brother and sister both have a circle of friends from high school they are still in touch with. I had maybe one or two from school but we drifted apart, as one statistically will with one random person from that age. So while I came to my own in college, one thing I noticed is how amazing my brother and sister are for having those deep rooted connections from that long ago period of life, and I’m just never going to have that unfortunately.

    [–] Looking back at your life today, which seemingly minor life event probably steered you towards a path that shaped who you are today? Andromeda321 2 points ago in AskReddit

    I'm still wrapping up my PhD, but you need to do undergrad and plan to be a PhD to be an astronomer. (You get paid for the PhD though.) After that, getting a permanent position in astronomy can be competitive, but TBH the degree is really good for those who want to do something else after, and you'd make more money than as an astronomer so I wouldn't worry about the financial angle to it.

    I wrote a post here about how to be an astronomer that goes into far more detail about this. Check it out and let me know if you have any further questions!

    [–] Looking back at your life today, which seemingly minor life event probably steered you towards a path that shaped who you are today? Andromeda321 8 points ago in AskReddit

    I've never been the top, to be honest. I've just had a hell of a work ethic, which is not the easiest way to do it but is definitely possible if you are passionate enough to power through.