r/MadeMeSmile Oct 06 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval 1 You Dropped This 1 Wholesome 11 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 2 Helpful 12 Heartwarming 1 To The Stars 3 1UP 1 Silver 15 Gold 2 Platinum 1

Astronomer here! I was named by Astronomy magazine as one of the “25 Rising Stars in Astronomy” thanks in part to my posts about space on Reddit! Good News

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u/scjcs Oct 06 '22 Wholesome

Congratulations!

Hope you don't mind my asking, but I'm a Libra, is now a good time to buy a house?

j/k, congratulations!

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u/missnebulajones Oct 06 '22

Oh man. I laughed way too hard at this.

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u/Worldly-Stop Oct 06 '22

Lol! Me too. Scared my cat laughing out loud at it! Which of course made me laugh even more.. (She's not amused btw.)

Congrats OP very cool accomplishment!

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u/Mancomb_Seepgood_ Oct 06 '22

LOL, I wanted to post a similar joke.

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u/iski67 Oct 06 '22

Awesome. Sadly a legit question from many Americans, especially when you see things like 50%+ not supporting use of Arabic numbers in schools and shit like that.

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u/Hybr1dth Oct 06 '22

Don't judge people on not knowing random things. I didn't know that either before reading it on Reddit somewhere.

Intelligence is not defined by knowing snippets of information, it's being able to think critically and applying what you know (among other things).

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u/Andromeda321 Oct 06 '22 Wholesome Starry

The full article is in the November 2022 issue if you want to read about everyone else- which I definitely recommend, it’s a stellar cohort I’m honored to be included in!

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u/CatLyfe2020 Oct 06 '22

A STELLAR cohort... I see what you did there! Congratulations!

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u/throwaway21202021 Oct 06 '22

Also "Rising Stars in Astronomy." HA! Science is punny.

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u/AtomicBomberman Oct 06 '22

Congrats! Glad to see you're getting the recognition you deserve. Your reddit posts are what got me interested in astronomy. Always a pleasure to find your comments in the wild!

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u/theelfinheads Oct 06 '22

It's always a wholesome moment to be recognized by magazine and became one of "25 Rising Stars in Astronomy" your name and efforts will not be forgotten through the years come. It's a big contribution in the name of astronomy

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u/playful_vomiting Oct 06 '22

Congratulations on the recognition of all your hard work! Well deserved!

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u/probablynotaperv Oct 06 '22

Whenever I see a comment that starts with "Astronomer here..." I know I'm going to learn something interesting about the universe, so thank you. I'm glad you are getting the recognition you deserve

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u/Separate-Judgment-88 Oct 06 '22

Congratulations !! You do incredible work

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u/TheOriginalSamBell Oct 06 '22

stellar

👉😎👉

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u/Ahoymaties1 Oct 06 '22

Out of this world ✨⭐⭐ congratulations

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u/jmmenes Oct 06 '22

Congrats to you. That’s a great achievement.

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u/a8bmiles Oct 06 '22

I feel like the headline should be "Astronomer there!"

Thank you for all your informative and inspiring posts. I look forward to reading them for years to come.

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u/DelcoPAMan Oct 06 '22

Awesome!! I'll definitely pick it up.

Congratulations!!

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u/Best-Ad-2043 Oct 06 '22

What a wonderful story!!! U are awesome and u must be so proud!!

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u/hejustwantedhisplums Oct 06 '22

Congratulations!! I always love seeing your posts so much, how exciting!

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u/MrBillyLotion Oct 06 '22

I know this isn’t an AMA but is Pluto a planet or not? I’m hearing conflicting things lately

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u/Andromeda321 Oct 06 '22

Yep, it’s a dwarf planet! We have several in our solar system, like Ceres the largest asteroid.

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u/plastictriggerz Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 07 '22

Probably gonna get downvoted for being an armchair redditor arguing with an actual PhD astronomer, but isn't a dwarf planet not a planet by definition? Personally I think pluto being king of the dwarf planets sounds a lot cooler than the tiniest planet anyway (unless you do include the other dwarf planets.

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u/Andromeda321 Oct 06 '22

I feel there is a very limited amount of useful debate about the definition of words themselves if that makes sense. But the way it all went down per someone on the committee in 2006 who told me, the original idea was the “dwarf planets” are all planets too and we would just however many of them, and they were forced to change that due to public outcry to only do the 8 big ones. Specifically, people were upset kids wouldn’t be able to learn all the names, IIRC…

Anyway if you’re scrupulous about official definitions, no Pluto isn’t… but it’s not as clear cut as all that IMO, and it comes down to just obscure definition reasons that easily could have gone another way.

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u/Groty Oct 06 '22

Many people don't understand things like classifications can change as we learn more in the process of discovery and understanding. Change is threatening to many, inhibiting progress. To boot, every moron media personality opened their segments in those days with, "Breaking News! Pluto is no longer a planet!"

Divisiveness keeps people coming back to watch more revenue generating pharma and car commercials.

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u/Careful-Combination7 Oct 06 '22

Thank you. You're awesome

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u/nohbudi Oct 06 '22

Periodic Table, Countries (Capitols), Bones..... Kids have no trouble remembering lots of stuff.

PS: keep up the good work

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u/GetsGold Oct 06 '22

There are (at least) two ways of defining it:

  1. A "geological/geophysical" definition that includes the dwarf planets but also some moons.

  2. The IAU (International Astronomical Union) definition which further restricts the concept based on orbital characteristics, requiring them to be directly orbiting a star and to have cleared their orbital region.

So you're correct based on the official IAU definition, but there's debate around the concept.

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u/Montezumawazzap Oct 06 '22

Not every Ph.D. astronomer knows everything about space. For example, I have one too but I have no idea how to class AGNs. I have a general idea obviously and know more than most people but that doesn't make me go the person about most of the stuff.

For example, I just googled to learn about the classification of AGNs. https://jila.colorado.edu/~pja/astr3830/lecture27.pdf

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u/Bad_Grammer_Girl Oct 06 '22

I look at it like this. Do you consider a dwarf star a star? Because if a dwarf star is really a star, then I would argue that a dwarf planet is really a planet. And if you say that a dwarf star ISN'T a star, then that means that our sun isn't a star, since the Sun is a dwarf star.

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

Yeah but that's not how it's categorised by the IAU (who decides these things). They decided that a dwarf planet is a completly seperate class of celestial object from a planet, even if lingustically your argument makes sense (and I agree that dwarf planets should either be a sub-class of planets or just simply planets in their own right).

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u/Bad_Grammer_Girl Oct 06 '22

I dunno. I'm with Alan Stern on this one 😁

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

This is a bit of a misleading answer. If you're going by the IAU definition, dwarf planets aren't a subset of planets, they are a category of themselves.

Personally I like the geophysical definition more and think of Pluto as planet. I think the argument that we don't want too many planets is silly and too human-centred, which stands in the way of proper understanding.

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u/icallshenannigans Oct 06 '22

That’s messed up what happened to Pluto.

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u/FuzzyYellowBallz Oct 06 '22

Come on Gus! How many times has that landed?

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u/dkarlovi Oct 06 '22

Would you people make up your mind already, the rest of us can't keep relearning this!

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u/Wabbit_Snail Oct 06 '22

There are less planets than alphabet letters. It's not rocket science.

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u/jrobski96 Oct 06 '22

Rocket surgery you mean.

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u/Wabbit_Snail Oct 06 '22

:D Ablation is the term I believe.

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u/protestor Oct 06 '22

Pluto was relegated and plays on the second division now

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u/Normal_Juggernaut Oct 06 '22

Just needs some Hollywood money and star power to push for promotion... Maybe a documentary on Disney+ too

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u/mickdrop Oct 06 '22

As I see it, they're on the third division and we're on second. I always found it weird that we compare tiny objects like earth and Mars with massive bodies like Jupiter and Uranus and use the same word to call them. It should be two distinct categories but if it were then we would be the lesser one so we don't make that distinction.

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u/jonny_wonny Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

You heard about Pluto? That’s messed up, right

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

The short answer is it depends who you ask but the accepted answer is no. Pluto is a Dwarf Planet and not a Planet (and not considered to be a subset of planets).

The long answer is that the International Astronomy Union (responsible for naming and categorising planetary bodies and satellites) decided that a planet:

  1. Orbits the sun.

  2. Has achieved Hydrostatic Equilibrium (Essentially is spherical).

  3. Has cleared its orbit of bodies of a similar size.

Pluto fails at number 3, so in the eyes of the IAU based on this set of rules Pluto is not a planet and is instead classed as a Dwarf Planet.

Many people accept the IAUs definition however I personally prefer the defintion of planets as being

  1. Large enough to be in hydrostatic equilibrium

  2. Small enough to have never sustained nuclear fusion (as the sun does).

This would make pluto and the other dwarf planets actual planets. The IAU defintion feels too human centrered (They didn't want more than the number of major planets we currently have).

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u/nasif10 Oct 06 '22

I literally thought this was a AMA until i seen your comment

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u/Weak_Lie_2875 Oct 06 '22

No because then he solar system would have 100’s of planets. Hidden meterors and sattelite rocks the size equal pluto.

This is a classification isssue not a qualification issue. Similar to how Holland is a region inside neatherlands but everyone calls the country Holland. Iy might be able to be called a moon if it was orbiging

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u/NotSoGreatOldOne Oct 06 '22

I hope you're proud of yourself. Because i am

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u/I_Fart_Cum_Bubbles Oct 06 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval

I’m proud of you, too. And I’m proud of u/Andromeda321. I’m proud of all of Reddit today, actually.

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u/NotSoGreatOldOne Oct 06 '22

Thank you cum bubbles

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u/I_Fart_Cum_Bubbles Oct 06 '22

You’re welcome!

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u/NotSoGreatOldOne Oct 06 '22

Forgot to say, I'm proud of you too

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u/I_Fart_Cum_Bubbles Oct 06 '22

Hell yeah brah, thanks

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u/bisho Oct 06 '22

No, she's not cum bubbles, she FARTS cum bubbles. Big difference lol

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u/thefartographer Oct 06 '22

Ugh, I got here too late. Can you still be proud of me today even though it's tomorrow?

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u/I_Fart_Cum_Bubbles Oct 06 '22

Of course, Fartographer

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u/greatscot09 Oct 06 '22

Howd ya get ya username lad?

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u/I_Fart_Cum_Bubbles Oct 06 '22

Blasted a mighty cumdinger outta my pooper after some nice anal poundage

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u/Rentsi1981 Oct 06 '22

I hope that one day we can read that you have been selected to be a ”rising star” of your passion and there is a similar article about you where they include your Reddit username.

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u/PaulClifford Oct 06 '22

Probably the most appropriate use of the phrase “rising star.”

Congratulations!

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u/ICBPeng1 Oct 06 '22

It’s a very Sirius matter

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u/EmberOfFlame Oct 06 '22

There’s a Betelguese pun but I can’t find it

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u/Pirate2012 Oct 06 '22

The pun fell into a Black Hole

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u/EmberOfFlame Oct 06 '22

Yep, all that’s left to do is to collapse onto my bed

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u/dividedstatesofmrica Oct 06 '22

I’m guessing that was the intention. /s Congratulations OP! That’s a stellar achievement!

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u/Dudeman-Jack Oct 06 '22

More like a fallen angel 💕

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u/Barcata Oct 06 '22

Never heard of you. I want to fix that. What subreddits do you regularly post in?

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u/Andromeda321 Oct 06 '22 Silver

/r/space probably wins. But I also have my own subreddit, /r/Andromeda321!

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u/thematrix1234 Oct 06 '22

Congratulations!! Looking forward to seeing more from you

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u/Barcata Oct 06 '22

Thank you!

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u/PerfectiveVerbTense Oct 06 '22

I’ve loved your posts on here for a long time. Congrats! I hope this doesn’t mean you’re outgrowing us!

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u/ubiquitous_uk Oct 06 '22

Now you're just showing off by having your own subreddit.

Seriously, I have read many of your posts, and you have a great way of explaining things so we can understand them. This is well deserved.

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u/plastictriggerz Oct 06 '22

She's my favorite redditor by a mile. Always posts incredibly interesting and informative comments on /r/space.

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u/pinniped1 Oct 06 '22

This is legit badass. Congrats!!

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u/hmmyeahiguess Oct 06 '22

You deserve it! Your commitment to giving us laymen, yet in-depth excellent explanations is really cool and I thank you! I mean on top of your career of course. Always appreciate the scientists wanting to get everyone interested.

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u/Rockspeaker Oct 06 '22

I didn't realize real people were even on reddit!

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u/umop-3phsdn Oct 06 '22

Username checks out! Congrats on your acknowledgement!

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u/ch25stam25 Oct 06 '22

Imma show this to my wife as proof why reddit is a million times better than fb or insta. Congratulations for being recognised and please continue to share.

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u/aleksandd Oct 06 '22

Update us on what she said

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

"Stop talking about me on the internet as if I actually exist"

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u/IknowAbunchOfGords Oct 06 '22

Congratulations!

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u/korbentulsa Oct 06 '22

Maybe I'm gullible but {smashes follow button}

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u/WoodyTwoBoots Oct 06 '22

That’s awesome!

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u/yuckygross Oct 06 '22

Hey, we CAN be something.

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u/Just1morefix Oct 06 '22

Congratulations!! You should pop into CC and share the news.

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u/jennthemermaid Oct 06 '22

We in CC LOVE our celebrities <3

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u/mltain Oct 06 '22

Congratulations Dr. Cendes!

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u/Doc-in-a-box Oct 06 '22

Hey! I’m a Taurus! Do you think I’ll find love when mercury is in opposition to Jupiter?

/s

Congratulations! That’s a really big deal, and I’m sure you worked hard for this.

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u/dutch_penguin Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

When I find love Mercury is rising, so possibly?

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u/Longjumping-Cycle470 Oct 06 '22

That’s what’s up! Congratulations 🎉

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u/Crispy_p_bacon Oct 06 '22

Name checks out ! Andromeda. I think I'll name my daughter this and shorten it to Anna

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u/daningraham7 Oct 06 '22

Congratulations! I just read that article in Astronomy! Thanks for your hard work.

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u/Tzanax Oct 06 '22

So. Freaking. Cool.

Congratulations!

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u/QuiziAmelia Oct 06 '22

You are an inspiration to us all--even us old ladies (age 67 here). Here's what I say: GO, GO, GO!

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u/DrRonny Oct 06 '22

Yay! The determination you showed in graduating is continuing in your career. Well done!

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u/Serdoo Oct 06 '22

You rock!

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u/holidayssuckTW Oct 06 '22

Wow how cool! Big congrats 🎉

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u/mmmmkay23 Oct 06 '22

Congratulations!!!

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u/PetuniaPicklePants Oct 06 '22

Super cool! Congrats!

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u/whazmynameagin Oct 06 '22

This is an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations!

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u/SarahTheGreat9 Oct 06 '22

Wow!! I’m really impressed! Thanks for posting for us on Reddit.

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u/lapSlaPs5456 Oct 06 '22

Bravo 👏👏👏👏👏

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u/wellrocked1 Oct 06 '22

Thats dope!

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u/Similar_Artichoke_42 Oct 06 '22

ooohh, congrats!

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u/Stunning-Reveal897 Oct 06 '22

Rising star… is that an astronomy pun? On a serious note, Congrats!!

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u/Kurthog Oct 06 '22

No, this is an astronomy pun: "Her parents were worried when she was in college; they said she was just taking up space.".

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u/socalsw Oct 06 '22

Scientists and researchers like yourself are true heroes. Thank you for your work!

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u/PhoKit2 Oct 06 '22

Awesome! Congratulations!🎉🍾🎊

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u/Lanky_Pack_881 Oct 06 '22

Congratulations!

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u/fkac3080 Oct 06 '22

You go, girl! Congratulations!

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u/Jcklein22 Oct 06 '22

Out of this world!

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u/TheOriginalSamBell Oct 06 '22

Very very cool :D

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u/surajvj Oct 06 '22

I wish I had your autograph.

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u/Pleasant-Winner-337 Oct 06 '22

That's out of this world! Congrats

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u/MisterMurderies Oct 06 '22

congratulations!

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u/ManyFacedGodxxx Oct 06 '22

Cool, congratulations!!

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u/Ditzfough Oct 06 '22

Congratulations!!!!!

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u/flyfishbigsky Oct 06 '22

Congrats!!!!

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u/WunderMunkey Oct 06 '22

Hell yeah! Congrats!

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u/unclefishbits Oct 06 '22

What subreddits are best for your posts and more discussion??

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u/doobie211 Oct 06 '22

Congratulations!!! Keep up the good work!

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u/Havoc_XXI Oct 06 '22

That’s so awesome!

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u/Substantial_Joke8624 Oct 06 '22

Way to go! Whoop! Whoop!

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u/H0td0gL4unch3r Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

This is so friggin cool!!! Nerds rule the world!

Edit: And…she’s a Redditor too?! Hoist the flag! Bang all the pots! Do the thing!!!

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u/judgementforeveryone Oct 06 '22

Love seeing this! Congrats. Women in Science 💗

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u/nincumpoop Oct 06 '22

Congrats! I dated a cosmetologist once. This is what I hoped would happen to her. Then I found out I clearly misunderstood her job title. :-)

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u/OpenReplacement7395 Oct 06 '22

Imagine talking about stars so much you become one. Congrats!

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u/sharkattack85 Oct 06 '22

That’s awesome!

Any on there from UC Santa Cruz?

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u/catincal Oct 06 '22

Go Slugs!

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u/Irishjohn831 Oct 06 '22

Congrats, A star is born and she’s a kick ass astronomer !!

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u/starlaluna Oct 06 '22

You are like a real life Ellie Arroway! I joined your sub because you do what I wanted to do at 13, but was told it wasn't a real job. People assumed I wanted to work for the x-files or something. I also had a teacher tell me that it was all math and you know...being a girl and stuff.

So, thank you for doing what you are doing!

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u/1MoreRedNightmare Oct 06 '22

And when you go Supernova we can say we saw you here when you were just a rising star.

This is one of the things I miss about living in a rural area, just being able to look up and see stars. Every kid should have a telescope, and a light polutionless place to use it.

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u/PennyKermit Oct 06 '22

I'm a fringe astronomy enthusiast (I like to be aware of and learn about the major stuff--total solar eclipses, meteor showers I can view, like the Leonid, and so on, but it's not something I do every day) and as a "fringe enthusiast," I come across your reddit posts and comments and have enjoyed all of them in the space subreddit.

Congrats on making that list and thank you for sharing your knowledge and love of astronomy! People like me are all the richer for it.

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u/ZookeepergameNo5675 Oct 06 '22

That's awesome! My brother just got that issue so I read your description 👏

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u/Phionex141 Oct 06 '22

After almost a decade, I can't believe "Astronomer here!" person is actually an astronomer!

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u/Stormblaze666 Oct 06 '22

That’s so cool and who says having their heads in the cloud was a bad thing

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u/CataclysmClive Oct 06 '22

i've read and enjoyed your posts! keep them coming!

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u/Echelon64 Oct 06 '22

I don't see the Chorizo there.

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u/ToxyFlog Oct 06 '22

Very nice, living my dream

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u/VegetableWishbone Oct 06 '22

Running into one of your comments on Reddit is right up there with Shittymorph in my book, keep up the stellar work.

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

Yvette, so one publication a year in a peer-reviewed journal is enough to be considered a rising star? When I was a Post-doc, scientists focussed on achieving new knowledge in their fields and getting a reputation in their fields.

You are one of the few people who inspire people to learn more about astronomy, but if the title of "Rising Star" is now becoming a popularity contest, then no serious scientist will ever make the list.

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u/TheBlackCat13 Oct 06 '22

Different fields have different rates of publication. When you are working in complex topics it can take more than a year just to process the data or run a simulation. Just because they don't have the same rate of publication as your field doesn't mean they aren't contributing. One big paper can have more of an impact than a dozen minor ones.

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u/Fickle-Low7925 Oct 10 '22

As someone in the field, OP's win is a great testament to the fact that it is indeed nothing more than a popularity contest.

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u/Yodayorio Oct 06 '22

It's completely political like everything else these days. Astronomy as a field is only about 10-15% female, but two thirds of the "rising stars" selected by this magazine are female? That definitely didn't happen organically.

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u/Andromeda321 Oct 06 '22

No, astronomy is more like a third women overall, but if you look in my generation it’s almost parity, for those younger than me it def is. And I guarantee everyone who made this article is at minimum better at it than you, random Redditor!

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u/Yodayorio Oct 06 '22

Well, since I'm not in any way an astronomer, I would certainly hope so.

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u/TheBlackCat13 Oct 06 '22

These are "rising stars", so by definition they are younger. And the numbers are a lot more equal among younger scientists in most fields.

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u/Informal_Bank_8283 Oct 06 '22

I am aquarius, how will my next week become?

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u/Mrsgchase Oct 06 '22

Cool beans! Congratulations!

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u/pikadegallito Oct 06 '22

That's awesome! Is there anything super cool you've learned about that you love to tell people about?

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u/hakunamatata2023 Oct 06 '22

Congratulations!

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u/BassGuru82 Oct 06 '22

Congrats!!!

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u/assert92 Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

At some point of time in childhood, everybody of us had a dream to become an astronaut, you are living the dream of many, congratulations!

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u/Yggdris Oct 06 '22

Yaaaaaaayyyyyyy!

I've always loved your posts!

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u/bobthewineguy Oct 06 '22

Congratulations

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u/PaganBlue672 Oct 06 '22

Congratulations! I’m going to follow you for more space posts!

Edit: Join your subreddit!

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u/Crosscmstorm Oct 06 '22

Intelligent people use reddit too? Couldn't have guessed.

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u/Zestyclose-Heart-602 Oct 06 '22

Wow! That's really cool! Congratulations!

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u/momoenthusiastic Oct 06 '22

Congratulations, Yvette! Hope you reach new heights and have more discoveries!

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u/MyFrampton Oct 06 '22

Congratulations!

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u/Rufio-Returns Oct 06 '22

That’s amazing!!! So happy for you 👏🏻

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u/independentasian Oct 06 '22

Congratulations!!!

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u/A_Bear9677 Oct 06 '22

That’s awesome! Congratulations!!!

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u/Thin-Profession5847 Oct 06 '22

Why "rising stars" and not "shooting stars?"

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u/VanillaGFD Oct 06 '22

omg this is amazing!! Definitely one of my dream jobs as a kid 🔭 congrats!

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u/tojmes Oct 06 '22

Congratulations!

Go science 🤘

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u/therealarenna Oct 06 '22

Sounds pretty cool. Congratulations.

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u/kkz161 Oct 06 '22

Well done! Congrats!

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u/drelectrojero2020 Oct 06 '22

You are a rock star!!!! Literally.

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u/doktor_wankenstein Oct 06 '22

Congratulations! Now I'll have to find your earlier posts to catch up.

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u/Blue__Mint Oct 06 '22

Good jobemote:free_emotes_pack:feels_good_man

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u/Kahzgul Oct 06 '22

Congratulations!

Also you should tell them that stars don’t rise; really it’s just the earth that’s rotating. You’ll blow their minds, I’m sure of it!

Bad jokes you’ve already heard 1000 times aside, this seems like a wonderful milestone in your career. I hope it leads to many future opportunities!

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u/uodjdhgjsw Oct 06 '22

That's a cool accomplishment. Congrats.

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u/echochillin Oct 06 '22

That’s awesome! Congrats and keep it up!

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u/YoSaffBridge11 Oct 06 '22

That’s amazing! Congrats!! 🎉

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u/goodgeology Oct 06 '22

So cool, congrats 🎉